There is a saying that goes as follows ‘if you have time to lean – you’ve got time to clean.’ Now, if you were to think about it, this is quite a fundamental rule that could always ensure that our surroundings are clean at all times, especially business environments. See, due to the number of people, you can see to it that everyone plays a part in cleaning wherever they are, which will include the maintenance of a commercial HVAC system.
Therefore, not only will this rule ensure that your business is kept looking clean and tidy, but it will also improve your indoor air quality. You may be asking yourself how your office staff can clean the HVAC system. Well, believe it or not, there are some things your staff can do to boost the efficiency of your system. Here are some of the simplest DIY HVAC maintenance tips:
Dusting the ventilators – every business does have a team of cleaners, who are tasked with maintaining the office clean and tidy. Now you can have these people dust the HVAC vents at least once per week to improve the air quality indoors. The vents facilitate airflow from your office, into the HVAC system where it is cooled or heated, and then back into the office – this time being more refreshed and comfortable. Almost two-thirds of this cycle happens in the ventilators, which is why it is crucial for it to be cleaned regularly. If they get clogged with dirt and debris, proper airflow will be inconvenienced, which also means your normal business operations will be inconvenienced too.
Now, dusting out the vents means that no dirt gets to the filters, which means the air will be able to circulate unhitched, thereby improving the efficiency of the HVAC system. Secondly, you need to know that you will be saving a lot of money by just cleaning the vents and the ductwork regularly. Thirdly, you will be promoting health among your employees by ensuring that the air they breathe in while at work is purified and fresh.
Cleaning/replacing the air filters – your filters do play a vital role in the air conditioning process, and they sometimes get easily clogged with all kinds of debris and dirt. This means that you need to ensure that they are checked at least once a month. Now, this is something that your staff can do, so you don’t need to call a technician. Of course, you don’t need any skill to notice that your filters are getting clogged up. So, whenever you do, consider cleaning them, and after a while, you may want to change them, which is pretty simple as well. Dirty filters strain your entire HVAC system, making it operate less efficiently.
Clean out the debris from your AC and heating system – with an outdoor unit, you should know that they do attract debris a lot. So, you need to see to it that your cleaning staff checks these units every week or so to clean it out. With a pair of gloves, you will be able to eliminate the debris from your system, thereby allowing for maximum airflow to the fans. This will increase the system’s lifespan and efficiency. To have the cleanest possible HVAC system, try to remove everything blocking the airflow, leaving a space of two feet around the unit.
Check the thermostat – also, you need to check your thermostat regularly to ensure that it is working properly. When a thermostat malfunctions, it can trigger a number of problems, ranging from uneven or inadequate cooling to short-cycling. To determine whether your thermostat is operating as it should, just try to find out whether the temperature reading matches the temperature in the office. You can do this with the help of a thermometer to measure the room’s temperature. If you find that the readings don’t match, then there is something wrong with your thermostat, and maybe you should speak to a professional about it. But if it operating as it should, ensure that the settings are optimized for both energy savings and comfort.
Clean the drip pan and condensate line – by now you know how the HVAC system operates – which is to suck the warm air and moisture from your indoor space. Afterward, the condensate line then drains the moisture collected to prevent it from accumulating in your equipment, which could cause a lot of problems. But over time, the drain line gets clogged by algae and mold. When left for too long, it could easily destroy your HVAC unit, which could in turn result in indoor air pollution. Now, you can avoid all these by keeping an eye on your condensate line. Locate the drip pan, by first switching the AC off. Now, once you notice water on the pan, there is a possibility that the condensate line is clogged. So, use soap and water to remove all the contaminants blocking the line.
Moreover, you can use a wet/dry vacuum to get rid of the clogs in the condensate line. Vacuum for a minute and check to see if the clogs are still there. If they are, maybe you can use a flexible rubber tube. You will have to access the line from the access point – a T-shaped vent with a PVC cover. After removing the cover, use distilled vinegar or hot water plus soap to flush out the drain. Just let the solution soak for like 30 minutes before rinsing with clean water.
In summary, a commercial HVAC system that is properly maintained will for sure go a long way in enabling you to run your business successfully. You just need to stay on top of it, and everything will turn out great.