4 Misunderstandings About Your Atlanta HVAC System

4 Misunderstandings About Your HVAC System

Living in Atlanta means expecting the weather to change quickly. Yes, we can enjoy pleasant, warm days for weeks on end. But when the cold weather blasts in, we’re grateful for the furnace to take the chill out of the air.

While it’s important to have the HVAC equipment working well at home, it’s even more imperative in commercial locations. As a property manager, the last thing you want happening is walking into a cold building, and the HVAC is down. Angry tenants is not a good way to start the day.

Many problems with commercial HVAC systems start small, and are often ignored before escalating quickly. There are a few misunderstandings that once learned can help you avoid bigger problems.

If isn’t broken, don’t fix it

In many cases, HVAC equipment will work for quite a while with a part that is broken or not performing at an acceptable level. It manages as best it can. In some cases, one bad part can cause more parts to wear down and break, affecting your system in even a bigger manner. By scheduling regular inspections, you can find weak links in the system before they escalate to bigger problems.

You can change air filters yourself

It seems easy enough. Simply change out the air filter at the beginning of each season. But if you’re not familiar with your HVAC equipment, you can be missing a lot. If air filters aren’t changed properly, they can potentially allow dirt and debris to enter the system and cause problems. By allowing a professional to change your air filters as a part of routine maintenance, you ensure that everything is in good working order.

Closing vents to change the airflow

Buildings always have space that is hotter or colder than others. Or sections of a building that sit unused. And many property managers have tried to control costs by turning vents off to change the airflow in an attempt to save money. However, your Atlanta HVAC system still needs to be able to vent and circulate. By shutting down part of the system, you are impacting how well the HVAC system is operating throughout. It can cause damage to the system, and potentially harm the air quality in your building, leading to things like Sick Building Syndrome.

Control the temperature manually

Many people try to control the temperature by manually adjusting the thermostat. They’ll change the temperature to a low setting when the property is empty, move it way up to bring heat to the space quickly. In some cases, property managers have even turned the system off if the building will sit empty for a few days over a holiday. But none of this will make your system more efficient or make it work faster. And in fact, the opposite is often true. Turning your unit way up or way down, off and on, over time uses more energy and puts your system at more risk for failure.

Have you fallen for any of these misunderstandings before?

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