How to Make Your HVAC System Last
The coronavirus pandemic has put a renewed spotlight on HVAC systems across the country. In addition to keeping us cool in the summer and warm in the winter, these devices are now responsible for managing our health. Studies show that respiratory droplets that lead to the spread of COVID-19 can linger in the air for up to three hours. Scientists say this is unlikely in non-healthcare settings, but it could still pose a risk to your customers and employees.
You need to keep the system running to keep air flowing throughout your home or business. You can also open the windows and use fans to keep air moving, but this may not be an option in the summer when temperatures can easily surpass 90 degrees F.
Use these tips to add ventilation to your home or business:
- Make sure your HVAC system draws from clean air. Avoid installing them near areas with poor air quality, in tight alleyways and other spaces that do not have access to the greater outdoors.
- Minimize recirculating air. Avoid using systems that reuse the same air for hours on end.
- Use fans to increase the reach of your HVAC system.
- Add additional ventilation with airborne infection controls such as local exhaust, high efficiency air filtration, and air purification products.
- Limit overcrowding and occupancy levels to reduce the number of particles that could be in the air.
- Talk to your team about the importance of the HVAC system, so they don’t accidentally turn it off when it should be running.
What if Your HVAC System Fails?
There’s always a chance your system could fail when you need it most.
You should have a plan in place in case your system needs urgent repairs, including contact information for a local HVAC repair company. If the system abruptly stops working, you’ll need to open the windows and turn on fans. If the windows do not open, you may have to ask at-risk individuals to leave the building until the system is back up and running.
Don’t forget to properly maintain your HVAC equipment so you don’t have to worry about the system failing out of the blue. Go back through your records to find out when the machine was last repaired, what was fixed, and how soon it may need to be repaired again. You can also join a maintenance plan with your local HVAC repair company to avoid future breakdowns and costly repairs.
Learn how to spot the signs that your HVAC system needs work. If it makes a strange sound, there’s excess condensation, or there’s less air than there was before, call a repair technician immediately.
You can also schedule downtime for your HVAC system when there are fewer people in the office. This gives the repair technician more time to inspect the equipment and you won’t have to worry about turning off the machine in the middle of the workday.
Now is the time to schedule a service appointment. Contact the professionals at A-1 Guaranteed to make sure your HVAC system can last for the foreseeable future.