When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
If your commercial building uses an HVAC system for heating and air, it probably gets used fairly often. Commercial units are typically used at least every day during the week, whether you have the air conditioner on or are maintaining a warmer temperature in the winter. This requires maintenance more often and regular optimization of the system.
Change the Air Filter
One of the ways you can optimize the commercial HVAC system on your own is by checking and changing the air filter. If you have a reusable air filter, it only needs to be removed, cleaned, and then put back into place. However, this won't last forever, so you should still replace it routinely with a new one. Check the air filter at least every time the season changes, but if you notice the unit isn't working as well as it once did or your energy bills are suddenly higher, it might be time to change the air filter.
Keep the Exterior Unit Cleaned
Another way to optimize the HVAC system is to find the exterior unit and clean it on the inside and out. Your heating and air conditioning might start running poorly if there is debris clogging the unit, causing it to work harder just to provide you with warm or cool air. Head outside to the unit and check the outside of it first. Remove any leaves or twigs you find caught in the unit and clean dust and dirt from it. You can open it up to clean the blower fans and remove debris from there as well.
Program the Thermostat
Using the HVAC system more often than necessary can also decrease its performance. There are going to be some days where the weather is nice and the heat or air conditioning isn't really needed. An easy way to control when the unit turns on is to program a reasonable temperature in the thermostat so that it turns on and off automatically. This keeps you from having to adjust it constantly and will only allow it to be used when it reaches a certain temperature in your building.
Get Routine Maintenance
Some things related to the HVAC system require a professional, so hiring an HVAC technician for routine maintenance is also important. Professionals like J. P. Griffin Inc. will check for any problems, fix leaks, and help to keep the system optimized for maximum potential.