There are a number of avoidable problems that can cause your air conditioner to lose efficiency and cost you more money on your monthly energy bill. For example, research shows that improper installation can increase energy costs by thirty percent. Airflow problems can decrease efficiency by fifteen percent further increasing energy costs. Generally speaking, over fifty percent of energy consumption in commercial buildings comes from HVAC and water heating systems.
Understanding the research and statistics, it seems reasonable to argue that if a business is interested and focused on reducing costs in order to increase profits, conducting preventative maintenance on the property should be at the top of the list.
Setting up preventative HVAC service allows professionals to conduct inspections on the HVAC system on regular seasonal intervals, so that problems can be detected before they become too significant. Additionally, if there are leaks or other problems, they can be found before too much money is lost on wasted energy bills.
A commercial HVAC provider should have the technical knowledge and experience to know if an HVAC unit is properly installed and working properly. As mentioned earlier, improper installation can cause a massive loss in energy, which in turn costs you money.
Having HVAC contractors come out a couple times a year will provide the peace of mind knowing that your system is running efficiently. Additionally, if a small problem is detected or the HVAC service provider believes there are things that you can do to save money down the road, you have the information you need to make an informed decision.
When money is tight, some business owners may feel that preventative maintenance is a waste of money. They fall back on the old adage, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. The problem with that line of thinking is that it is costing them more money to ignore the problems.
For example, if you are driving an old car that has problems, you may ignore suggestions for preventative maintenance because you know once the car dies, you plan to junk it anyway. In that scenario, you are saving money. However, the same reasoning can not be applied to an HVAC system even if it is old and you plan to replace it. This reasoning does not work because the HVAC system is costing you money every month whether you repair it or not, so slowly letting it die is actually very expensive.
A couple quick calls to area HVAC companies will show you how much a new system will cost you. Depending on how many more years your current system is estimated to last, preventative maintenance is the best way to keep your monthly energy costs under control.
When looking for a new HVAC service provider, ask other local business owners to see who they work with. This will provide the most accurate assessment of your local options. You can ask how the company was with communication, follow-up, and prices. Trusting a new contractor can be difficult; especially if you’ve been burned in the past. However, finding one you can trust will give you the peace of mind knowing they aren’t recommended unneeded work to be done on your HVAC system.