5 Ways To Improve Your HVAC facilities
If your HVAC unit seems to be underperforming, then don’t jump to conclusions and order a complete system refit. Over time, air conditioners and heaters can become affected by a number of issues that can be easily rectified by either you or a maintenance team. Some of most common reasons building maintenance services are called to commercial properties are for the simplest problems. Learning a little more about your HVAC unit can help you understand where an issue might have occurred.
Clean Outdoor Condensers
The unit that forms the outside of your HVAC system is called an outdoor condenser and it can be affected by debris and changes in humidity. Cleaning out the condenser helps on two levels. Firstly, hosing it down can clear out any residue trapped in the condenser fan and increase the efficiency of your unit. The second benefit of routine cleaning is that the spray from the hose will cool down the condenser coil. This enables the coil to absorb more heat and cool your home more efficiently.
Clear Any Blocked Vents
It’s amazing how easy it is to cover a vent without thinking. A blocked vent can dramatically decrease the efficiency of your unit, as it won’t be able to take in or expel air as effectively in this area. Make sure vents are clear of items such as blinds, furniture and wall hangings. Although they may be an eyesore to some, hiding them from view prevents them from doing their job properly and can lead to other issues in the HVAC unit.
Use The Thermostat Wisely
Often problems in HVAC systems can be put down to human interference. Keeping the thermostat set at a constant temperature throughout both summer and winter will mean that your energy bills will be higher than necessary. If you are in charge of a commercial building with many offices or flats to look after, then knowing when people are in or out can help you work out where ventilation is needed the most. With a programmable thermostat you can decide when areas need heating or cooling and when they don’t, making it easier to regulate the energy you use.
Check Out The Drain Line
The drain line is the area of your air conditioner which collects excess condensation from the ducts. If this line is clogged up by dirt or dust it can cause the air conditioner to overflow, leading to water damage inside walls and ceilings. In order to prevent this from happening, you need to routinely clear out the drain line, especially when the air conditioner hasn’t been in use for an extended period of time. Rinsing out the drain line every month will ensure any debris is removed from the system and flushed out at the other end.
Insulate Exposed Ductwork
Throughout your HVAC system there will be ductwork that runs through areas you don’t want conditioned. Sealing these ducts with some form of insulating material will ensure no conditioned air is leaked from them. The same goes for warming your building up — if you don’t want to lose heat to these sections then make sure they are protected. You can also fix minor air leaks in this manner, but make sure you seek professional advice before simply covering a problem up.
Author Bio: Tony Ellerker has worked in the building services and construction industry for over twenty years. He is currently the director of Blakes M&E Building Services, who provide pre-planned maintenance, reactive repairs and installations of all mechanical and electrical systems throughout London and the South East.