Winter Is Coming: How To Get Your Commercial HVAC System Ready For Cold Weather

Now that winter is almost here, you'll be using your heater on a regular basis. If you haven't taken steps to make it run more efficiently, you're going to be wasting money on your heating bills. Increased heating bills can be disastrous for your business, especially when you're trying to maintain a tight budget. Here are four steps you can take to increase the efficiency of your commercial HVAC system.

Give Your HVAC a Tuneup

If you can't remember the last time you had your commercial HVAC system tuned up, it's time to take care of that. Many business owners remember to take care of their residential heating system but completely forget that their commercial system needs maintenance too. To make sure you don't lose money on your heating system, schedule a tuneup for your commercial HVAC system every time you schedule one for your residential system. A good rule of thumb is to have both systems tuned up once a year.

Increase Your Filter Changes

If you've been changing the filter on your commercial furnace once every three months, your system might not be running as efficiently as it should. Changing the filter on your residential system once every three months is fine. However, the filter on your commercial HVAC system should be changed once a month instead. That''s because commercial buildings tend to be dustier than most homes.

Program Your Thermostat

If you don't have a programmable thermostat in your commercial building, you're missing a great opportunity to save money on your heating and cooling bills, and to extend the life of your HVAC system. Programmable thermostats allow you to maintain a constant temperature inside your commercial building, which eliminates the constant fluctuations that can increase your energy bills and wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Talk to your HVAC contractor about installing a programmable thermostat in your commercial building as soon as possible.

Stop Duct Draft

If your office doesn't seem to be maintaining the right temperature, or your system has to cycle on and off more frequently, it's time to have your ducts inspected. Damaged or loose ducts can cause you to lose valuable energy. Sealing your ducts will ensure that more of your heated air gets through to your building this winter.

Don't lose out on valuable energy this winter. Use the tips provided here to make sure that your commercial heating system is ready for the cold weather ahead.