Homeowners will be researching something along the lines of, ‘how to prepare your air conditioner for summer’ right about now. However, it should be equally important to commercial building and facility managers – especially after winter when heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are used extensively. 

The 2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change, published by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), stated that NJ is warming faster than the rest of the Northeast region and the world. They expect heatwaves to become more frequent and last longer by 2050. A 2023 Rutgers University publication from the New Jersey Climate Change Resource Centre also highlights that New Jersey’s annual temperatures have risen by 4°F. 

Commercial building air conditioners (ACs) have more square footage to cover than standard household units, and increasing summer temperatures strain HVAC systems. We discuss in this article the importance of preparing your building’s AC for the summer and how servicing the HVAC system is key to beating the heat.

The Importance of Preparing Your AC for Summer 

Preparing the AC for summer is a cost-saving measure as energy prices are consistently increasing, negatively impacting company budgets. A regular maintenance program reduces energy usage by keeping condensers, evaporator coils, and air filters clean. It also prepares the air conditioners to function optimally by maintaining the correct refrigeration coolant levels and ensuring drain lines and pans are open.      

Have you considered upgrading or replacing your HVAC system with more energy-efficient versions? Selecting the right energy-efficient components can dramatically reduce your building’s energy usage and save thousands of dollars. ENERGY STAR-certified light commercial HVAC equipment is approximately 6 percent more efficient than standard equipment. The Tri-Tech team of experts can install complete solutions that achieve energy efficiency at a price point our clients can afford.

What Is the Ideal AC Temperature in Summer  

This depends on several factors, including building usage and whether it includes green building design features. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has no regulations specifically addressing temperature and humidity in office buildings, as they see it as a matter of human comfort. They do, however, recommend an AC temperature in the range of 68 – 76°F and a humidity range of 20 – 60%.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy addresses “thermal comfort” in an office environment by looking at air temperature, humidity and air movement. It provides recommended ranges for cold and hot weather intended to satisfy the majority of building occupants. 

Essential HVAC Summer Tips to Beat the Heat 

Preparation is one of the key HVAC summer tips to ensure a comfortable environment for guests, clients, employees, and shoppers. Standard practice suggests that HVAC systems should be serviced twice annually, before each heating and cooling season. Tri-Tech Energy is ready to assist if you have not yet booked a professional HVAC summer service. We have more than thirty years of experience with commercial HVAC and mechanical services and have specialist knowledge of managing the systems of older buildings. There is almost nothing we haven’t already seen and serviced in a timely, cost-effective way.

No HVAC system is perfect, even a well-maintained one, and breakdowns can happen to anyone. Fully booked hospitality properties are especially vulnerable when the air conditioning and ventilation systems break down in the summer. Mitigate this by updating your risk management plan with access to an expert service provider like Tri-Tech. 

Contact us so we can prepare your commercial air conditioner for the summer, or visit our website to learn more about the commercial HVAC services we offer in NJ: https://www.tritechenergy.com/