Spring is an important time to ensure your building’s HVAC system is equipped to handle the unpredictable weather and changes in temperature.
Paying special attention to your HVAC system is a fast way to save time, money, and provide the highest level of occupant comfort. There are some strategies for HVAC efficiency to promote energy efficiency and occupant health in your building so you can get ahead of potential problems before they cause damages leading to costly repairs.
Spring strategies for HVAC efficiency
Spring is the ideal season to test and ensure your HVAC system is prepared after a long winter of inactivity. Giving some extra thought to the condition of your heating and cooling system can save money by improving the energy efficiency of the system. Scheduling preventative maintenance on your HVAC system is more important than ever.
If your heating and cooling units are outside, clear any debris that may be gathering around the coils, as keeping leaves, dust, and any other debris out of the system will keep it running properly. Finally, double check your system for any air leaks as any damaged insulation should be replaced to ensure your system continues running at optimal efficiency. Leaks created from the insulation can cause your HVAC system to work harder and less efficiently, increasing your energy demands and therefore your costs.
Spring HVAC strategies for occupant comfort
Your HVAC system plays a major role in ensuring occupant comfort. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning directly affect air quality, energy consumption, and other internal environmental conditions. It is not only integral for maintaining a comfortable temperature for your occupants, but also for providing proper ventilation to minimize pollutants. A poorly maintained HVAC system can result in higher energy usage leading to higher costs, as well as negative effects on occupant health and productivity.
Warming temperatures cause an increase of pollen and other spring allergens, so it is essential to change HVAC filters every season to ensure any dust or allergens are caught to promote clean and healthy air inside the building. When the air in the building is clean, the next step is to make sure it is the correct temperature. This will be more difficult during the spring due to fluctuations in temperature occurring on a daily basis, but technology exists that allows you to predict changes in temperature and weather conditions so you can respond accordingly and ensure your occupants are kept at an optimal comfort level.
Spring is right around the corner, but these tips can help in preparing your HVAC system for any seasonal affects that it throws at your building. Save yourself a spring headache by implementing strategies in your HVAC system that promote energy efficiency and occupant health to save you money and keep your occupants happy.