As we navigate the current COVID-19 situation, it may be surprising to learn that prior to the pandemic, a majority of property owners did not place a high level of importance on maintaining their HVAC systems. In fact, a brief survey of property owners would likely register a small yawn when approached with the topic, leaving all HVAC matters to be addressed only when service needs were an issue. However, as the world changed its view and began to look at the safety of indoor environments through the lens of COVID-19, the importance of HVAC maintenance is taking on an entirely different level of importance.
Almost overnight, COVID-19 infections caused our global population to care enough about air filtration to actually install an air filter over their face in order safeguard from infection. All of a sudden, the level of interest and concern about operating and maintaining HVAC systems became top of mind for millions worldwide. And, from this, we’ve expanded our interest from our personal spaces to the importance of how these often complex systems should be maintained in our shared spaces.
The dirty facts about HVAC systems is that most major manufacturers do not typically provide accessible guidance on system maintenance which can lead to premature equipment failure. And, without a sound recommendation on preventative care and routine maintenance, property owners run the risk of being denied under their warrantee coverage for insufficient maintenance.
A properly maintained system can save building owners on average15-20% of their current energy costs, yet the vast majority of systems are maintained inadequately due to the following circumstances:
- Commercial systems are not being operated as the design engineer intended.
- Unqualified or inexperienced HVAC contractors are not following the minimum industry consensus for standards of preventative maintenance.
- Most building owners are not able to observe or verify maintenance tasks.
- A majority of HVAC systems are failing to operate in accordance to building codes.
- HVAC manufacturers do not offer training on proper preventative maintenance.
- Filters maintained during preventative maintenance programs are being changed too early, leading to worse filter performance and increased costs.
Regular maintenance with a qualified, professional HVAC contractor has the ability to reduce the risk of a costly breakdown, premature equipment failure, and an increase in capital expenditures. Here are three things you can do today to begin this process:
- Contact Thayer Corporation at 1-800-649-4197.
- Talk with your teams about areas that you would like reviewed.
- Identify your goals for your HVAC systems.