Frigid mid-winter temperatures in East Ridge, GA, would be near impossible to bear without a well-running heating system. Uncomfortable employees and customers impact your business and bottom life. If you’re a business owner, take these steps to prepare your commercial HVAC system for the upcoming winter:

Change the Filters

The filters in your commercial HVAC system catch dust and other particles in the air that can be harmful to your health. Changing your HVAC filters monthly during peak running times keeps your heater running efficiently and your utility bills low. Regular filter replacement also improves air quality inside your business by reducing the number of harmful pollutants.

Have Ductwork Cleaned

Ductwork is a series of tunnels that snakes along the ceilings of your business, and it’s an important part of your company’s HVAC system. These tunnels carry cool air when the air conditioner is running and hot air when the heater is on, transporting the air to different parts of the building. Sadly, as time goes on, these ducts can easily get clogged with dirt and debris and require care and cleaning from a professional HVAC company.

Dirty ducts become clogged and caked with particulate matter. This impedes airflow and lessens HVAC efficiency as well as worsens indoor air quality. Before winter, have a professional clean your entire ductwork system and inspect it for any holes or cracks that may worsen without treatment.

Check for Air Leaks

Air leaks are a common cause of rising energy bills and a major way warm air escapes buildings. The more severe the leakage, the harder your HVAC system has to work to keep things nice and toasty. This not only costs more to run each month, but it also means repairs and maintenance work will happen sooner, making air leaks a common but expensive problem.

Check the seals around your windows and doors for cracks and other damage. Replace any that are old or damaged, as this is the fastest and cheapest way to save money on your heating bills this winter. It’ll also reduce the stress on your system and minimize the chances of needing a repair in the middle of winter.

Check Fuel If Needed

Different HVAC system types run on different types of fuel. If yours runs on electricity or natural gas, this is a step you can skip without worry. A commercial HVAC system that runs on oil or propane, however, needs to have fuel levels checked shortly before winter begins.

After making sure the tank is full, it’s important to schedule regular fuel deliveries. If you’ve heated the building in the past, you’re probably aware of how often these need scheduling to keep the heat going all cold season. If not, asking your fuel delivery company will be helpful.

Schedule a Tuneup

Your heater has likely been dormant for several months at least. As a business owner, you want everything to run smoothly every day. Come that first chilly day, you don’t want your HVAC system refusing to fire up or working poorly. By scheduling a fall HVAC tuneup, your system gets serviced before those frigid days.

Your service technician will lubricate moving parts, make minor performance adjustments and clean your system so it runs at peak efficiency. Any minor repairs will happen after a discussion with you, and your system will be ready to run for the winter. Your energy bills will lower, and your customers will stay warm and happy.

Your commercial HVAC system needs to run efficiently all winter long, and it starts with proper care and maintenance. Call Dalton Heating & Air and ask us about our commercial HVAC services. Our team of trained service technicians await your call and look forward to being of assistance!

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