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How to prepare your HVAC system for the winter

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Air conditioning plays an essential role in commercial environments.

As a leading provider of professionally installed air conditioning systems, we understand the benefits that high-quality units may bring when installed the workplace. Air conditioning offers several advantages, ranging from increased energy efficiency and higher indoor air quality to reduced humidity and comfort control. It has even been shown to promote healthier, more productive, and comfortable conditions to work in.

When your HVAC system runs smoothly, so can your business.

Air conditioning is typically associated with the stuffy and often humid summer months. With winter approaching, many office managers may be thinking about turning off their comfort cooling systems. However, it is important that air conditioning equipment are kept in good working order all year, even during the winter months. By taking precautions to safeguard your air conditioning equipment, this will ensure that it is ready for use again in the spring.

Make sure that you are prepared for winter with this handy guide.

  1. Look after your filters

During the winter months, many will make the mistake of not cleaning and maintaining their filters. Even if you are not using your air conditioning, you should clean your filters every three months, as explained here by the Department of Energy:

“The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.”

Your air conditioning coils and coil fins require the same care and attention in order to maintain their heat absorption abilities and continue the flow of air movement throughout your unit. Annual coil inspections and cleaning are strongly advised. The same is true for coil fin maintenance, which can become bent over time.

Fin combs are worthwhile purchases for facility maintenance professionals, such as the experienced engineers at NDS. We can utilise them to comb the aluminium fins back to their original state while maintaining continuous air flow.

  1. Ensure that your condensate drains are clean

Your air conditioner heat pump requires regular maintenance, and its condensate drains can easily become blocked if not properly cared for. Condensate drains that are well-maintained are critical to reducing humidity throughout an air-conditioned workplace. Clogged condensate drains can cause water leaks if not cleaned on a yearly basis.

  1. Clear away the dirt and debris

The debris that comes with colder seasons can be a major concern for buildings that use outside condensers. The most common offenders are falling autumn leaves, making outdoor upkeep an essential part of the preparations for winter. Clear away any seasonal dirt and debris, and cut back any branches and foliage that may be hanging over your unit for further protection.

  1. Protect your portable units

Winter maintenance is relatively straightforward for those with portable units in the workplace. You may protect them for usage the next year by removing them and keeping them in a secure and dry place. Covering outdoor central air conditioners will help keep them safe from the winter weather.

  1. Partner with a service provider who understands energy efficiency

HVAC systems must run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep your workplace running smoothly, and you rely on them not to fail. Running systems like these for extended periods of time in adverse weather necessitates more electricity, which raises your energy costs. To keep expenses under control, ensure sure your HVAC system is operating at optimal efficiency.

NDS Mechanical Services’ engineers are experts in the servicing and maintenance of air conditioning systems. Get in touch today for support before or throughout the winter months.

 

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