Watch out New Jersey, pumpkin spice lattes are finally here which means winter will be here before you know it! If you run a business or own a commercial property, now’s the (perfect) time to get your HVAC systems ready to go for the change of seasons. Now, we realize as your sitting back enjoying your venti soy pumpkin spiced latte with a shot of caramel and extra foam, the last thing you want to think about is what would happen if your furnace stopped working in the middle of winter. But the team at Point Bay Fuel is thinking about it and has put together a handy commercial heating inspection checklist to prepare your space for winter.
Get Your System Ready for Winter: DIY Commercial Heating Inspection Checklist
What if we told you that you could reduce energy consumption and save on heating bills this year? It’s possible when your heating oil furnace or boiler is running at peak efficiency. So, whether you rely on gas or oil, here are a few simple things you can do yourself in addition to scheduling an annual heating tune-up by a trained technician.
1. Replace Filters
Before you turn on the furnace and it starts blowing filthy filter dust all over your space, check the air filter and change it out if it looks dirty (most likely it will). Air filters may seem like a minor thing, but they can make a major difference in your commercial HVAC system efficiency as well as indoor air quality. Check it over 1-3 months to keep clean air flowing through your system for a healthier furnace and healthier tenants.
2. Check Thermostat Controls
Thermostats are commonly the culprit when it comes to commercial HVAC problems. If it’s improperly calibrated, a faulty thermostat can really heat up your bills. One thing you can do is make sure they are not in areas that can affect performance, such as direct sunlight or next to a door that can let in cold air. If that doesn’t fix the problem, give us a shout.
3. Keep it Clean
The first thing to do to prep your furnace for winter is to freshen things up. Before you do anything, make sure your unit is shut OFF. Hit the switch on the side of the furnace that shuts down the electricity flow to the machine. And if the furnace is gas powered, turn the gas valve off. Next, take the casing off your furnace and suck out any dust or dirt with a vacuum. Plenty has probably built up over the past few months. Clean the blades of the blower fan with a wet cloth and clean the sides of the furnace.
A dirty HVAC can interfere with equipment function; so schedule a time to clean your equipment seasonally to ensure a safe operation and maintain efficiency. Feel a little overwhelming? Don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with. Call in the professionals to get the job done thoroughly. We’ll remove soot build up from combustion chambers, clear chambers and cabinets of debris and dust and clean all internal components such as electrical connections.
4. Evaluate Equipment
While you’re in there cleaning, you have an opportunity to evaluate it. Do you see any leaks or cracks? Also, double check your maintenance logs from the previous year. Was anything noted that (was neglected before) needs to be replaced or fixed? If so, call in the professional commercial HVAC technicians from Point Bay Fuel to come out and assess for necessary repairs (before an emergency arises). We can even discuss the option of replacing your current unit with something that is more efficient that will save your business much more money in the long run.
Schedule Your Annual Commercial Heating Inspection
Once you check off everything from your commercial heating inspection checklist, the surefire way of ensuring your systems is really ready for winter is to call Point Bay Fuel.
Our service technicians not only offer the best service around, but we’re here to maintain the peace of mind that you can count on. Trust us to inspect your commercial HVAC system and make sure it is ready to keep your tenants, employees and customers comfortable all winter long.