We may not get snow in San Jacinto Valley, but winters can get uncomfortably cold if commercial spaces aren’t prepared for the season. In this blog, heating and air conditioning service contractor J&M Air Conditioning & Heating takes an in-depth look at the critical aspects of commercial building winterization.
The Critical Aspects of Winterization
Regardless of local climate, there are three critical aspects of winterization that shouldn’t be neglected:
Energy Savings — Commercial spaces have areas with different heating and cooling needs. For example, conference rooms are generally only used for short periods of time, and therefore only require heating as needed. On the other hand, your facility may have offices that operate 24 hours a day, which will require continuous heating. Best practices such as using heating only where and when it’s needed can help minimize energy loss and aid in saving on energy costs.
Occupant Comfort — Air conditioning and heating systems were invented because we all want a pleasant indoor experience. Keeping indoor spaces comfortable requires investing in an efficient heating system and adhering to regular heat pump inspections, scheduled maintenance and timely repairs.
Disaster Prevention — The heating system has to be reliable, with redundancies in place in case of HVAC failure in the event of a disaster, natural or otherwise.
Important Maintenance Tasks
As mentioned above, a combination of regular inspections, periodic maintenance and timely repairs can help minimize the chances of equipment failure, and may even prolong the life span of your HVAC systems. The following are important maintenance tasks that should be part of your routine:
Inspect the Building’s Condition — The HVAC system won’t be as effective if the building itself has issues. Doors and windows should be inspected for leaks, and the roofing and insulation should receive the same care as the HVAC system itself.
Observe Proper AC Shutdown Procedure — As you transition to the winter season, make sure you follow the correct air conditioning system shutdown procedure. This is particularly important when you have several units cooling your property.
Change the Air Filters — If you haven’t done so already, replace the air filters as you switch to heating. This will help maintain good indoor air quality throughout the season. Inspect the air filters at least once a month, and replace them when they become clogged.
Test Your Backup Generator — An unexpected power outage can mean loss of revenue for you and your occupants. A backup generator and emergency lighting can prevent such problems, but you have to make sure they’re in good working order.
Call J&M for Your Heating and Air Conditioning Needs
If you’ve been searching online for solutions to problems such as “how does rain affect my window air conditioner?”, J&M can help. Give us a call at (951) 663-4895 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Hemet, CA, and nearby areas.