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3 Energy-Wasting Mistakes of Commercial HVAC Systems

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HVAC systems are designed to meet your heating and cooling needs. They’re responsible for maintaining good indoor air quality and preventing moisture issues. While some commercial building owners may think that the most effective way to save energy and reduce costs is to purchase a newer, more sophisticated HVAC system, the fact is that simply identifying and fixing any issues with the existing system will suffice. Here are the most common HVAC mistakes that you should be aware of.

1. Failing to change dirty filters. Filters easily collect dirt and dust. Although cleaning or changing the filters may seem too simple a task to be an effective preventative measure, it‘s actually the most common reason for wasted energy. When buildup leads to clogging, the system has to work harder to produce the same amount of conditioned air as before.

2. Overheating or overcooling your building.  When your air conditioner or heating unit is turned down too low or up too high, you’re actually wasting energy. This issue will most likely cause employees in the building to prop windows or exterior doors open to compensate. You may also think that the system has broken down, leading to frantic calls to a local HVAC contractor. To prevent these scenarios from happening. Consider setting the temperature a couple of degrees higher (cooling) or lower (heating) than what you believe is needed.

3. Not cleaning the coils. If the coils are dirty, your heating and cooling systems won’t be able to condition the incoming air properly. Similar to filthy filters, this failure in maintenance will force your systems to work harder to provide the same amount of coolness or warmth. Even the outdoor components should be cleaned of grime and mud. Dust from construction can also get sucked into the unit, compromising its function.

The importance of routine HVAC maintenance can’t be overstated. Current issues that you may overlook can be expertly fixed by professionals, preventing energy waste and more costly component and electrical repairs in the future. For quality services, turn to Anthony’s Cooling, Heating & Electrical. Call us today at (941) 347-0779 or fill out this contact form to schedule a free consultation.