Every business manager should prioritize winterizing their HVAC system each fall. Dropping temperatures put a strain on heating systems since they have to work overtime to keep up with the cold temperatures outside. Take some time this fall to prepare your system for the winter season ahead, and you’ll enjoy a much more efficient and comfortable workplace.
How to Prepare Commercial Heating Systems for Winter
1. Schedule a Service
Heating systems should be serviced once a year — in the fall before they are turned on for the first time. During this appointment, a technician will clean all components, replace the air filters, test the system’s function, and replace any wearing parts. This preventative maintenance should be done annually even if your system seems to be in good condition. This will prevent untimely breakdowns, help the system run more efficiently, and extend your system’s lifespan.
2. Clean & Seal Ducts
Lots of heat can be lost on the way to the vents if there are leaks in the ductwork. Have ducts sealed when they become less efficient. Ducts will also get dirty over time with dust and debris, which can negatively impact air quality and can further reduce energy efficiency by blocking air flow. Schedule a duct cleaning once every three to five years, or if you notice employees have worsening allergy symptoms, as this could be a sign of dirty vents.
3. Upgrade & Set the Thermostat
If your business is equipped with an older thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable one or a smart unit. A programmable thermostat will make your life easier and keep your building more energy efficient. Set the thermostat so the system will turn on during office hours, then turn down at night and during any holidays when people are gone. A smart thermostat makes things even easier by monitoring your office’s habits and preferences, then intelligently creating a schedule.
If you need to winterize your office building’s heating system, rely on Marsden Northwest. Since 1952, they’ve offered complete commercial cleaning services to businesses in the greater Seattle, WA, area. From cleaning cluttered areas to replacing clogged air vents, they’ll ensure your building is dirt-free and comfortable. In addition, your organization can feel good about working with them since they donate 10% of their pre-tax profits to local organizations. Visit them online to learn more about their services, or call (509) 396-6351 to schedule heating system maintenance today.