In our line of business we’ve come across countless HVAC units that have failed prematurely. These failures aren’t necessarily due to manufacturer defects or adverse conditions, but often result from a simple matter of neglect. The saying, “Out of sight, out of mind,” definitely holds true in our industry.
When the economy is hurting and money gets tight, HVAC needs are usually the first ignored by commercial building management. Building square footage remains the same, however maintenance staff is trimmed and/or replaced with cheaper, unskilled labor. The landscape will stay immaculate, windows clean and carpets vacuumed, but as long as the building is kept at a comfortable temperature, not a second thought will be given to the HVAC.
Out of sight, out of mind are the dirty coils and ductwork!
Out of sight, out of mind are the festering smells from the blooming mold!
Out of sight, out of mind are the overflowing pans from clogged drains and leaks!
Out of sight, out of mind are the skyrocketing energy costs and equipment depreciation!
What is the solution? Preventive Maintenance, pure and simple. A preventive maintenance program not only saves energy and extends the life of the unit , it is like having an extra set of hands to help when budgets get tight. How has establishing a preventive maintenance program for your HVAC impacted your job? Comment below!
Rachelle Tinley is the assistant executive director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com
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