Furnaces are among the most efficient heating systems for large buildings. Even so, you’ll want to make sure that they’re at peak efficiency — fuel costs can add up with such big systems. In this post, Acker Heating & Cooling shares some tips on how you can improve your commercial furnace’s efficiency and get more heating for your dollar.
Don’t Put Off HVAC Maintenance Appointments
Owning or managing a commercial property involves many responsibilities, and it’s easy to overlook or postpone tasks like building maintenance. However, you’ll want to make sure that your furnace is looked after by a professional HVAC technician. Keeping up with your furnace’s maintenance requirements will help keep it at peak efficiency. An HVAC professional can identify potential issues and fix them before they can cause problems down the road. We recommend signing up for a maintenance agreement with your HVAC contractor. A maintenance agreement eliminates the need to call for an appointment every time, which can be difficult if your furnace is due for inspection during busy seasons.
Check the Air Ducts for Leaks and Insulation Issues
Heat loss from leaky and poorly-insulated air ducts can increase wear on your furnace, as well as cause complaints from your tenants. In addition to keeping up with scheduled maintenance, have your maintenance staff routinely inspect the air ducts at least once a year. Small leaks can be repaired using mastic tape, but severe or widespread ones will need to be re-sealed by an HVAC technician.
Air duct sealing involves isolating and pressurizing the air ducts, releasing a type of harmless smoke into the vents to identify leaks, then applying sealant to the leaks. Sections of the ductwork may be replaced if needed. Ideally, air duct sealing is done during weekends, outside of office hours.
Replace Air Filters
Air filters can get filled to capacity sooner in commercial systems, and keeping them in your building’s air handler can impede airflow in your HVAC system. Check the air filters in your HVAC system every month and replace them when full. Fortunately, HVAC air filters are user-replaceable. This means you don’t need to schedule an appointment with your HVAC technician just to remove and replace air filters.