Seeking shelter from the elements goes all the way back to primitive people. It’s essential to survival. As time went on, dwellings became more elaborate and comfortable, adding luxury to the basic need for shelter.
Controlling the indoor environment adds to comfort. At one time, the only way to do this was by opening and closing windows. Today, temperature, relative humidity, and air quality can be set and maintained, keeping your business and customers comfortable and happy.
HVAC systems keep things cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and provide fresh clean air all year round. Performing these tasks day after day for years can be hard on the equipment. It must be properly maintained and having professionals come in for inspections and repairs is vital.
If your business’s HVAC system is not working properly, don’t wait, contact Quigley Heating and Air. We specialize in commercial heating repair as well as routine maintenance in Garland, TX. However, there are also several things you can do yourself that can help keep your HVAC running well.
One of the most basic maintenance tasks is something you can do yourself and it will make a big difference. The filter is a simple but essential part of the system. Many times, an AC unit will not be functioning optimally and it’s down to a dirty filter.
Once a month, check your filter. If it’s dirty, worn, or damaged, replace it. Your unit will function optimally, and you will prevent dirt from clogging the system and causing damage to it.
The condenser and heat pump are outdoor components of your HVAC system and as such, can get pretty dirty. This will reduce the system’s effectiveness and can cause damage over time.
Start by making sure there is no debris on the top and sides of any parts of the unit. Clean off whatever is there and then get out your garden hose. Spray down the fins and all the crevices until you wash out any dirt or gunk you may find in there. It’s also a good idea to check that the unit is sitting perfectly level. Any incline can cause the liquid refrigerants to become disjointed, damaging your system.
Your outdoor unit lives among the elements. Leaves, branches, and sticks can get blown up against it and pile up. Grass and other vegetation can grow around it. Any of these things can get clogged in intakes or other parts, blocking airflow and potentially damaging the unit.
Once each week, inspect the area surrounding your HVAC unit and clear away anything that could cause a problem. Make it a part of your routine when you take out the garbage or task an employee with the job each week.
Air conditioning doesn’t just cool the air. It takes moisture out of it. The moisture is collected and carried outside through the drain lines. Dust and dirt tend to gather in these lines and over time, the debris can clog them. They may also be a breeding ground for mold and algae.
You can prevent this by cleaning the lines periodically. Remove the outer cover of the unit and clean the lines with a mixture of vinegar and water applied with a soft cloth. This step can make a big difference.
There are additional features available on many HVAC systems that can be helpful with maintenance. One of these is a smart thermostat. These devices allow you to schedule specific temperatures around business hours. They also monitor your usage history, providing valuable information to a tech and alert you as to when your filter needs cleaning.
There are some smart thermostats that monitor and display air quality, as well as let you know when your unit is not functioning optimally and requires servicing. A smart thermostat can save you a lot of headaches and money.
Having an HVAC tech come out to your home for a thorough inspection each year is highly recommended. Your system is like a car. Parts wear out and regular maintenance is necessary to keep it running and to prevent a complete system breakdown.
Quigley offers multiple maintenance plans that feature different services to fit everyone’s needs. For each plan, the tech will test and inspect every component in the system as well as thoroughly perform these services.
After an inspection and service, your HVAC system will be running like new. Regular inspections are well worth their cost. When a potential problem is discovered with a simple fix, you will save yourself time, discomfort, and the cost of a full HVAC failure.
Be proactive and keep your business’s HVAC running at its peak performance and efficiency by scheduling an appointment with Quigley today.
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