Business Owners: Get your HVAC system ready for spring weather!

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Spring is the best time to get your HVAC system inspected, schedule a tune up and invest in any repairs or new units. We see all too often business owners who wait too long and it ends up costing them a lot more. Don’t wait until something breaks down and you have an emergency before you contact us.

Use these 4 tips to get your building’s HVAC system off to a great spring start!

1. Get your air conditioner inspected and tuned up.  Of all the things you can do for your HVAC system, a tune up before the season starts is number one. If your air conditioning needs repairs or a tune up, you need to get it fixed now; waiting will only make it worse. By simply switching your system on for a short time and running it you will get you a quick idea of how it’s fared over the winter. If your facility manager can handle this, great! However, HVAC experience isn’t a skill most business owners have. It’s highly recommended that you schedule a service call so we can inspect your system and trouble shoot problems that aren’t always obvious with a quick test.

2. Swap out your air filters. Your air filters help keep your system operating right and the air quality for you and your employees at its best level. Always change your filters before a season change and when they need to be changed. Preferably, you want to change them every month if you’re using your system often. Clogged air filters can cause your unit to break down, work overtime to compensate for the lack of air flow and push dirty air through your building. Clean, correctly sized air filters allow the air to flow freely to the unit and can lessen the amount of indoor air contaminants by removing particulates and allergens from the air.

3. Get your ductwork inspected and cleaned. This will also reduce allergens in your office. Your ductwork plays a huge part of how your HVAC system moves air throughout your building. If your ductwork is congested, dirty or leaks air, you will lose temperature controlled air, waste energy, overload your system, and suffer from polluted air. An experienced HVAC technician can look at your system and tell you if your ductwork needs repairs or a cleaning. Remember, problems with your HVAC system are often misdiagnosed as an issue with your unit, when it could be that your duct system just needs to be sealed or cleaned.

4. Clean the area around your condenser unit. This is especially true for business owners who are responsible for their condenser unit outside of their building. To start, clean off all the dirt, grime, leaves and old shrubs from the unit and around the base. Your unit should be clear of this debris about two feet around. Be careful cleaning the unit and never use anything that could damage the condenser coils.

Information from Northern Weathermakers