There are many reasons why an effective HVAC system is vital in an industrial setting, ranging between simply ensuring your employees are comfortable to making sure the conditions are right to properly roll large numbers of products off the line. For that reason, you need to make sure that system is in good working order on an ongoing basis, and proper maintenance is the best way to do that.
What does a good HVAC maintenance plan look like? Read on to find out:
1) Make time for annual maintenance
First and foremost, you should make sure the system is inspected and can be repaired as needed at least once per year, according to Temperature Pro. This will help you catch small problems before they become bigger ones, and consistently allow you to right-size your system for your ever-changing industrial needs.
2) Swap out the filters
The air filters on your furnace or central air conditioning unit will collect a lot of build-up over time and you need to make sure you're on top of swapping them out as often as is recommended by the manufacturer, Temperature Pro noted. If you don't, your utility bills will probably soar because your units are working harder to get the same level of performance. While you're at it, it's also a good idea to clean off your outflow and intake vents so they can perform at the optimal level every day.
3) Get the right system for your building's size
As your operations change over time, you need to ensure your HVAC system is up to the task, according to Comfortrol. Recently built an addition onto your building? Make sure the HVAC is rated for the new cubic footage. One thing you don't want is to have the system work overtime, still not get the job done, and eventually overexert itself.
4) Keep an eye on humidity
When you're operating in an industrial setting, you want to make sure you can keep your internal humidity level relatively consistent, Comfortrol said. That means you might want to invest in an evaporator cooler or a dehumidifier, which can work to take care of unwanted problems under your roof.
5) Make sure your insulation is in good shape
Insulation breaks down over time, so it's important to ensure that yours is holding up — both for the exterior of the building and whatever you put around the various pipes and ducts in your space, according to Grainger. This, too, can be done on a manufacturer-recommended schedule, but it's certainly critical to make sure that's followed to the letter.
6) Think about how fans can help
Feel like you're just not getting the same bang for your heating or cooling buck? Try installing fans that can spin clockwise and counter-clockwise, Grainger said. These will help with air circulation to a degree you might not expect, and for a fraction of the price of installing a heavier-duty HVAC system. Making sure they can spin in either direction is advisable because clockwise rotation pushes heated air back down to the floor, and counterclockwise pulls cooled air up and distributes it more effectively.