With winter on the way, you must ensure your industrial heating and cooling systems are ready for the upcoming cold season. HVAC systems require regular maintenance to keep them in tip-top condition. As winter sets in, the last thing you want is for your workers to show up to find their workplace freezing cold with heaters that won’t switch on.
Employers have a legal obligation to ensure that a place of work is sufficiently heated, so by carrying out some general maintenance on your HVAC system, you can ensure it stays working throughout the whole of winter. Here are our tips for HVAC maintenance.
To keep your HVAC system in complete working order, it’s important to schedule regular preventative maintenance checks. Don’t wait until the system fails to call in a professional to take a look, that’s how you end up with a freezing cold workplace and employees unable to get on with their work. By having someone come in once or twice a year to check the system, you ensure that problems will be caught and dealt with before they escalate.
Regular maintenance will also ensure your system operates at peak capacity, keeping it energy efficient and expanding the overall lifespan of the system. At Heritage Heating and Cooling, we offer a nationwide service and repair for all models of industrial HVAC systems. With one of our service and repair packages, a fully qualified engineer will be sent out to you every year to make sure your HVAC system is in good working order.
Replace Air Filters
The air filters in your system are responsible for the flow of warm and cool air. If the filters become too congested with dust and dirt, it can impact how effectively the system works. It can also cause problems internally as the system fights against the clogged filters to push out the air, which can overwork the system and cause costly damages.
Air filters should be replaced every 90 days or so, or possibly more frequently if the system operates in a dusty environment like a factory or warehouse. Dust trapped in the system can also cause the particles to be circulated through the air, which can exacerbate breathing conditions like asthma. So it’s important for the health of your workers that dirty filters are regularly replaced.
If you have a reusable filter, they can be gently cleaned with a cloth and some soap and water. Just make sure you are checking the filter every month and responding to dust build-up accordingly.
Clear the Vents
Dust also builds up around the vents, and this can cause more blockage problems and see a reduction in how well the system operates as it tries to push the air past all the dust to circulate around the space. Make sure you regularly vacuum the vents to prevent a dust build-up from obstructing the airflow. The vents are also an excellent way to check that the airflow is working efficiently and hasn’t weakened. If this is the case, you know when to bring in a qualified engineer to take a look.
The outside unit of your system is just as crucial as the inside components, and this part of the system needs regular maintenance too. You should make sure that there is no debris around the system, like tree branches, shrubs and leaves. This is so that the system can draw in fresh air from all sides and isn’t being obstructed by debris.
If the system is looking dirty, wipe it down on the outside and inside. You can even use a gentle spray from a hose to wash it off and keep the system clean and clear of dirt.
If your system has ductwork, this should be inspected every few years for obstructions and blockages. Over time, the ductwork will accumulate a thick layer of debris that will obstruct the airflow and put a strain on the system’s components, weakening the system and causing problems. This debris can also contain pathogens, microbes and dust mites which will circulate through the system’s airflow, creating an unsanitary environment for workers.
A ductwork check should be performed by a trained professional. So if it’s been a while since your system’s ductwork was inspected, now is the perfect time to call in a skilled professional to get it done now before the freezing weather sets in.
After you’ve thoroughly checked your HVAC system and had an engineer in to perform any needed maintenance, your system should be fully functional and working at full capacity, all ready for winter. Get your system checked and repaired now, or risk having your workers left out in the cold by a faulty system.
At Heritage Heating and Cooling, we provide industrial heating for a wide range of industries. We have a wide range of heaters from reputable brands like Powrmatic and Benson. Contact us today to find out more about our heating products and maintenance service.