As a Tallahassee, Florida, business owner, it’s important to take care of your commercial HVAC system. Because your HVAC system expends a lot of energy, it can drive up costs if left neglected. Having an HVAC technician inspect and maintain your commercial system during the summer is key to keeping your energy costs under budget. Consider these summer maintenance tips to keep your unit in top-notch shape.

Install a Smart Thermostat

One of the biggest conflicts in the workplace has to do with the thermostat setting. Whether you’ve experienced bickering over the thermostat or you simply want to monitor the building’s energy use, installing a smart thermostat is a must. Smart thermostats automatically learn the building’s energy habits and adjust the settings accordingly.

You can access a smart thermostat from any mobile device and view a breakdown of its energy expenditures, which can help you decide how to adjust the settings in the future. Plus, since you can adjust the temperature no matter where you are with a smart thermostat, you can ensure your employees or building occupants are abiding by your preferred settings.

Change the HVAC Filters

Clogged filters overwork an air conditioning system by restricting airflow, causing you to spend 5 to 10 percent more than you normally would on energy costs. Most HVAC experts recommend checking these filters once every quarter and changing them as needed. If the filters appear clogged or dirty in any way, you’re better off cleaning them or switching them out for new ones, depending on which type of filter you use.

In some cases, you may need to change the filter every month, especially if your commercial HVAC has to trap a lot of particles stirred up by the business. For example, manufacturers, pet styling shops, cleaning services, and similar businesses will create more airborne contaminants than regular office buildings.

Have the Ducts Cleaned and Sealed

If it’s been a while since you’ve scheduled a commercial duct cleaning or sealing, you may want to have a technician inspect the ductwork. Commercial systems tend to work overtime when there are multiple tenants in a building, and many building owners neglect to have them properly inspected for signs of clogs or wear.

Having your commercial ducts sealed can save an average of 20 percent on your heating and cooling costs.

Upgrade to a Newer HVAC System

In some cases, the best way to improve your commercial HVAC efficiency is to upgrade to a new system. If you occupy an older commercial building and haven’t improved the HVAC system in more than 10 years, talk with a qualified technician about your options. No HVAC system is designed to last forever, and those that run beyond their intended lifespans only draw excess energy and drive up maintenance costs.

Depending on your system, our technicians may be able to retrofit certain upgrades to help improve circulation and ventilation as needed. For example, demand-controlled ventilation is one option that brings in ventilated air only as needed, significantly boosting a business’s energy efficiency.

Schedule a Summer Checkup

Ideally, you should have a certified HVAC technician inspect and repair your commercial system before the cooling season begins, and then again just before winter. Doing so allows the technician to prep the system for a new cooling or heating season and to address any issues that may require system downtime. However, it’s not too late to schedule your summertime maintenance service.

Preventative HVAC maintenance ensures your commercial units are always working properly. Your technician will perform a visual inspection and adjust or repair any issues they come across. A typical inspection also includes an electrical connection evaluation, part lubrication, and control adjustment. At the end of the maintenance appointment, you can rest assured that your commercial system is in optimal shape for another season.

Enjoy the best commercial HVAC service in the Tallahassee area. Call Advanced Air Care Heating & Cooling at 850-688-9265 to learn more about our commercial HVAC services or to schedule an appointment. We can handle all your commercial installation, repair, and maintenance needs.

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