Are you curious about how you can extend the life of your commercial HVAC system? With proper care and maintenance, the average commercial HVAC system can last as long as 25 years. As a commercial building owner, you know how important it is to invest in your building’s systems – including HVAC systems – that will continue delivering value by lasting a long time.

Our commercial HVAC technicians have years of experience inspecting, maintaining, and repairing commercial HVAC systems, so we’ve put together our four top tips that will extend the life of your system. 

#1 – Schedule Regular Maintenance

Some people only call their HVAC technician when their system breaks down, but by then the breakdown has already caused a major disruption and the cost to get the system up and running again can be very expensive. Rather than wait until disaster strikes, we recommend you have your HVAC unit serviced twice a year by an experienced technician.

During a maintenance visit, your technician will clean your air conditioning and heating systems thoroughly to remove the dust and debris that builds up. They’ll also ensure all moving parts are sufficiently lubricated and tighten the electrical connections, which eases the effects of regular wear and tear. 

#2 – Change Your Filter Regularly

When was the last time you changed your filters? Air filters keep dust, bacteria, debris, and other contaminants from getting into your building and we recommend changing them every three months. Having clean air is very important, especially in commercial buildings, and clean air filters allow your HVAC system to operate more efficiently. 

If your environment is particularly dusty you might want to change your filter every month. The same goes for spaces with lots of animals or foot traffic. Consult your HVAC technician who can advise you about how frequently to change your air filters based on the mechanics of your building. 

#3 – Make Use of the Auto Setting

There’s no need to run your HVAC system once you’ve reached the desired indoor temperature. Running your system when it’s not necessary can quickly run up your monthly utility bills, so we recommend using the auto setting. Take a peek at your HVAC system and look for two settings: auto and on. When you set your system to “auto,” the air conditioner or heater will only activate when it’s necessary to heat or cool your building. When the system is set to “on,” it’ll run continuously until you manually turn it off, even when it’s already at your desired temperature. 

#4 – Take Care of the Condenser

The condenser is the part of your HVAC unit that sits outside of your building. Because it’s exposed outside, it’s vulnerable to the elements and to damage from severe weather, but there are steps you can take to protect it. 

First, we recommend regularly clearing the area around your condenser, ensuring there is no debris like tree branches that can get sucked into the fan and cause blockages. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, be sure there is no standing water around the condenser, and be aware of root systems from trees and shrubs that can cause damage. 

Your HVAC system is a big investment, so you undoubtedly want it to last as long as possible. By following these four tips you can extend the life of your commercial HVAC system and keep it operating efficiently, which is beneficial for both your building and your budget.

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