Spring and summer temperatures have been on record-breaking upward trends in many regions for the past several years, making proper HVAC function a top priority for maintenance professionals. HVAC systems must already work harder to contend with rising temperatures, so it’s crucial to ensure that facilities professionals are observing best maintenance practices to reduce the strain on these systems.
A strong CMMS platform can streamline routine checks by simplifying workflow, making it easy to implement these practical, low-cost measures that can increase HVAC efficiency and lower power bills:
+Check seal gaps and cracks as they may be letting warm air into facilities. These openings can considerably increase the workload of HVAC systems, so a thorough inspection should be conducted to find these areas and fix them.
+Clear vents and HVAC units of debris and blockages. These systems need room to operate properly, so it’s important to clear obstructions that can build up over the winter months.
+Adjust AC output during hours when facilities are not in use. Many systems feature controls that can make these adjustments automatically. Lowering output by just a few degrees can translate into substantial cost savings over time.
+Upgrade HVAC units. For industrial facilities where heavy machinery is operated, it is a good idea to review existing HVAC systems and consider upgrading to new technologies. Energy efficiency has become a focal point of technological innovation in recent years, so it’s important to stay current on the latest developments. Examples of new technologies include passive dehumidification, heat recovery systems, residential zoning systems, and more.
+Address heat traps such as attics, basements, and other low-use areas. These areas can strain HVAC workload. Increased ventilation and circulation in these areas can significantly increase HVAC efficiency and lower operational costs.
+If facilities house machinery, ensure that these areas are adequately ventilated. Heat from machines can raise temperatures substantially, forcing HVAC systems to work harder to bring temperatures back down to the set building temperature.
+Perform routine maintenance on machines and systems to ensure that their internal ventilation and cooling systems are functioning properly. If these systems are wearing down, machines may be generating more heat than usual—a problem will that manifest itself on the power bill.
+Shades, blinds, and plants can all be used to deflect sunlight. Concentrate these sun-blockers in areas that receive sustained exposure to sunlight for maximum efficiency.
+Consult HVAC maintenance experts when performing spring inspections. If certain systems are shut down during fall and winter, they may need to be serviced, cleaned, and/or allowed to warm-up before they are reconnected.
For our next spring maintenance feature, we will explore some innovative technologies that can increase facility efficiency.
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