Chilly days and frosty nights are just around the corner in the Canton, Georgia, area. As a business owner, you might already be thinking about heating costs. Keeping your business warm is a large expense for any business owner, but when your commercial HVAC is ready for cold weather, you’ll save. Follow these pointers to get your HVAC system in shape for fall weather.
Change Air Filters
You should change your HVAC filters about once a month. Having clean filters during heating season is even more important to make sure that heated air moves freely and reaches all areas of your business. If you’re concerned about indoor air quality, invest in a better filter that removes allergens and bacteria.
When it cools down, open all the registers on the first floor. Close a few on the second floor. It’s a shorter distance from the furnace to the first floor, so the air is warmer when it enters the building. The top floor should stay warm since warm air from the first floor will rise to the second.
Inspect and Clean Ducts
Your business’s ductwork needs to be inspected and cleaned regularly. Ducts that have cracks and holes cause heat and energy loss. Dirty ducts introduce bacteria and allergens into your business.
Drafts in the winter create cold spots and increase energy loss. Weather stripping, caulking, and sealed cracks wear out over time. Check all doors and windows for air leaks and seal accordingly. Walk your business’ exterior and check all places where pipes or ducts go in and make sure they’re sealed well.
Install a Humidifier
Heated air is dry and causes sinus problems and drier air feels cooler. Verify your humidifier is at a comfortable level. If you don’t have one, installing a humidifier makes your commercial property more comfortable and saves you money since you can set the thermostat a few degrees lower.
Check Fuel Levels
If your furnace uses heating oil or propane as fuel, verify there’s enough to last a while. Most fuel companies can schedule regular deliveries with monthly payments to keep your budget intact.
Check the Thermostat
Having your thermostat professionally calibrated ensures that it reads the air temperature properly. When your thermostat reads at the wrong temperature it results in uncomfortable conditions or a furnace that’s overworked.
A programmable thermostat is a simple way to save on heating costs by regulating temperatures when no one’s around. Today’s technology also allows you to monitor and change your thermostat settings from your home.
Have an Inspection
Get your HVAC system inspected before winter weather arrives. Contractors will check that your system is in good working order, that it’s running efficiently, and is safe. Regular, preventative maintenance helps keep repair costs down since small problems can turn into big issues when left unchecked.
Replace the Unit
If your commercial heating system is over 10 years old and you’re spending quite a bit on repairs, you might think about replacing it. New systems are much more efficient than older units and can reduce fuel consumption or electricity use drastically.
Enroll in a Preventative Maintenance Agreement
Not only does preventative maintenance lower breakdown risk, it also increases system efficiency and leads to longer system life. Enrolling in an agreement saves money in the long run.
At E. Smith Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer two levels of preventative maintenance agreements. Our technicians will inspect your commercial HVAC system twice a year before temperature extremes set in.
Our HVAC inspection covers all components of your system including the thermostat, electrical parts, motor, and blower motor. We oil, clean, calibrate, and flush the unit, making sure all parts run correctly. We’ll verify fuel is burning at the proper rate and that dangerous combustion gasses, like carbon monoxide, are ventilating correctly.
When you choose E. Smith Heating and Air Conditioning for your commercial needs, you’ll work with a locally owned company with over 50 years service in the area. Call 678-369-8866 today and we’ll help you get your commercial HVAC system ready for autumn.
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