One of the most important systems in any commercial building is the HVAC system. In Canada, summers bring hot and humid weather and freezing temperatures in the winter. Our extreme climate means you must be diligent about maintaining your heating and cooling systems. Or, you risk having it break down during the hottest or coldest days of the year. Here are some preventative measures you can take to keep your HVAC system running smoothly all year round.

Routine maintenance

Getting your HVAC system checked before extreme weather hits can prevent it from breaking down. A professional can inspect it to make sure everything is working as it should. They will also be able to tell if a part is on its last leg and needs to be replaced. Small pieces that stop working can lead to major repairs, which will cost much more than a checkup does.

During the tune-up, your HVAC professional will make sure every component of your system is working well. If anything is not working correctly, they will perform small repairs at the time instead of letting the system keep running and causing worse damage. A commercial HVAC system should last about 15 to 20 years. The only way to ensure it continues to run that long is by having a professional perform maintenance on it.

Get rid of pests

HVAC systems that are not maintained well can attract rodents, bugs, and other pests that can cause problems. When squirrels, rats, cockroaches, spiders, and ants get in your ducts, they can be easily transported throughout your air vents in your building. Chemical repellents are effective at killing these pests, but then you will not know where they end up. Instead, have your ducts inspected and cleaned frequently during the summer to prevent pests from getting in, especially if you have HVAC unit on your roof.

Remove outdoor contaminants

If your commercial building is in a busy, metropolitan area, then it will be surrounded by noise and air pollution. The sound can bother your employees while dust and exhaust fumes from vehicles can aggravate their allergies or other respiratory ailments, making them miserable. A clean HVAC until will reduce the number of outside contaminants and improve indoor air quality.

As part of routine maintenance, your technician will calibrate control systems, clean, inspect, and service your system. It will operate more cleanly and efficiently.

Remove indoor contaminants

You should also be privy to issues caused by pollutants inside your building. Mould and mildew can also trigger allergic reactions in your employees. So can pet hair, smoke, dust, and paint fumes, which can also cause shortness of breath, headaches, and dizziness. A clean commercial HVAC unit can slow the spread of contaminants indoors.

Improve efficiency

Getting regular maintenance done on your unit will also improve its efficiency. That means it will use less energy and save you money on heating and cooling costs. Your HVAC system could be using almost half of your total power, which makes it imperative to try and limit wasted energy as much as possible.

The technicians at HECO specialize in maintaining commercial HVAC units, so contact us today and take advantage of these benefits.