As indoor air quality is an important and necessary key to the well-being of buildings and employees, it is then essential to ensure the upkeep of your HVAC systems. With proper maintenance of HVAC systems comes safe and high quality indoor air. And now is the perfect time to talk about it.
With the temperature outside continuing to rise, it has become necessary to turn on the facility HVAC system in order to keep the inside temperatures from becoming unbearable. As the facility manager, you head to the room where the main system is housed, and go to switch the air conditioning on. Instead of hearing the normal rumble of the system coming to life, you hear…nothing. The system isn’t working at all—what happened?
Now that spring is here, it is that time of year when air conditioning and dehumidifying systems break out of the winter blues and are put to use. An extremely important factor for all building and facility managers, not just at this time, but rather throughout the entire year, involves the proper maintenance of the HVAC systems, to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently. Instead of waiting for the system to break down when it is most needed, it is recommended to implement a preventative maintenance program to run year-round, so that any possible issues with the system are addressed when first detected.
According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), there are various industry standards that exist for HVAC maintenance. In particular, the ASHRAE/ACCA standard outlines the various maintenance steps to take for your systems. What types of preventative maintenance tips should you enact? Aside from regularly running the HVAC systems to ensure they achieve the desired thermal comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality, you should be checking the control systems for proper operation, inspecting grilles, diffusers, and ductwork, lubricating bearings, and determining that there is no accumulated moisture or mold. Not only should you be evaluating the parts of the system throughout the year, including cleaning drains and pipes and determining that motors and controls are working properly, but you should also be checking all of the ventilation and insulation in the systems.
Why wait until your HVAC system goes down before making proper adjustments and repairs? By utilizing preventative maintenance, you can handle any issues with the problem before they even occur!