Switching from Heat to Air ConditioningWinter’s officially behind us in the Washington, D.C. metro area. So, it’s time to think about switching from heat to air conditioning in your commercial buildings. Of course, temperatures will continue to rise during the day and stay warm at night. And when that happens, tenants will expect a comfortable temperature in each unit.

In commercial settings, it’s not as simple as hitting a button on your thermostat to switch from heat to air conditioning. Depending on your HVAC system, it likely requires maintenance before making the switch.

What Maintenance Do Commercial HVAC Systems Require?

For efficiency and lifespan, it’s best to perform regular maintenance on your commercial HVAC system. For instance, scheduled maintenance can also keep energy costs low, reduce downtime.  At the same time, you reduce the need for expensive repairs, and provide constant comfort for employees, staff, and tenants.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance includes:

Checking and changing air filters regularly according to the manufacturer’s specifications
Performing a monthly visual inspection of drain lines, drip pans, and thermostats
Checking and resetting the thermostat programmed settings each season

Seasonal System Checkups

In the spring and fall, you need to perform system checkups:

  • Test control systems to make sure they are working properly
  • Measure refrigerant levels and recharge as needed
  • Inspect and clean
    • Belts
    • Blower
    • Evaporator coil
    • Burner assemblies
    • Ignition systems
    • Indoor and outdoor heating and cooling components

Air Ducts and Vent Cleaning

The air ducts and vents leading into commercial units and work areas help maintain indoor air quality. Keeping the air ducts and vents clean can prevent the buildup of common allergens. These include dust, pollen, pet dander, and prevent mold.

Other ways to improve indoor air quality before switching from heat to air conditioning include:

  • Replacing air filters regularly
  • Cleaning the vent covers
  • Using high-efficiency HEPA filter bags on vacuum cleaners
  • Avoiding cluttering rooms and office space to allow adequate airflow throughout each room

Managing Your Commercial Real Estate

BMSI in Washington, D.C., is a facility service firm working with investors and owners of commercial real estate. Our full-service maintenance staff is ready to respond to your building maintenance needs and tenants’ problems.  With that, you’ll have time to  focus on your business.

Why hire full-time if you’re just looking for someone to perform a seasonal system checkup? For instance, suppose you need one person or a team for regular maintenance to solve your tenants’ problems. In that case, the staff at BMSI is ready to assist in operating your facility efficiently. While we’re at it, we’ll be maintaining or improving your bottom line.

BMSI support staff is available for temporary and long-term building engineer and maintenance needs. In fact, our Building Maintenance Systems Team is ready to fill any gaps in your commercial building maintenance plan.

Contact BMSI in Washington, D.C., to find out how we can build better together. The team at BMSI is up to date on HVAC systems, rooftop chillers, cooling towers, and more. Do you need a computer maintenance management system implemented? How about someone to monitor your EMS or provide weekly inspections to keep you in compliance?

Give us a call to learn the BMSI difference. Find out why our staffing team is the solution to your commercial real estate maintenance problems.