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Two tips for keeping your commercial air conditioning system in good condition

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A commercial air conditioning system is crucial for any businesses which are located in hot climates. These systems not only help to keep employees alert and productive but also ensure that customers or clients stay comfortably cool when visiting the building. Here are two ways to keep your system in good condition.

Watch out for small clues that there might be problems with your HVAC

When you're rushed off your feet trying to run a business, it's very easy to overlook changes to your air conditioning system. However, by keeping an eye out for small signs of issues, you will be able to address minor defects long before they start to become serious, expensive problems. 

If for example, your employees start to feel the need to open more windows to cool themselves down throughout the course of the work day, or if they are switching on their desk fans more regularly, this might mean that there is something amiss with your HVAC unit's thermostat.

Similarly, if you run a business such as a cafe or supermarket and you notice that products which are designed to be stored at room temperature (such as chocolate, for example) have started to melt, this could also indicate that there is a refrigerant leak within the air conditioning system (leaks of this kind often result in units producing warmer air).

Have a HVAC specialist inspect and service it regularly

Like most business owners, you are probably quite keen to keep your overheads as low as possible. However, HVAC servicing is one expense which you should never attempt to cut as ultimately, forgoing maintenance work will not only shorten the lifespan of your commercial air conditioning system but could affect its efficiency which could, in turn, increase your electricity bills.

During a typical servicing, the HVAC specialist will inspect the unit for signs of refrigerant leaks and, if necessary, repair them. They will also thoroughly clean the evaporator coil (dust and grime can on this component can reduce the unit's efficiency) and carefully examine all of the electrical connections for fraying or looseness.

They will also check the thermostat to ensure that it is functioning as it should, and will lubricate the metal components within the unit (this lubrication will prevent friction from causing premature wearing of metal parts).

All of this maintenance and inspection work will help to make your commercial air conditioning system more efficient (and thus help to keep your premises' electricity bills down) and extend the unit's lifespan.