Keep Your Commercial Air Conditioner and Heating System Running Smoothly

Easy Tips for Saving Money

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In the busy day-to-day schedule of commercial property ownership and management, it’s easy to overlook your HVAC system, especially if it seems to be working properly. Nevertheless, regular, high quality maintenance will not only preserve your equipment, but also help you avoid replacement costs any sooner than absolutely necessary.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Change Your Filters

It works. You’ll enjoy better airflow, and more efficient heating and cooling. And consider letting a professional HVAC technician do the job. While it may seem like you’re saving by having your building handyman take care of it, the reality is that an improperly installed air filter, or one chosen without regard for appropriate size and MERV rating, will cost you more money with every energy bill. Unlike residential air filters, commercial air filters are more complex, with varied options.

For example, do you know the difference between a pleated and a fiberglass disposable? What about using a high efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) model? Your HVAC equipment is carefully calibrated to work only with specific filter sizes and models. And rather than simply swapping out the actual filter, most of them need to be put exactly into place with a gasket, brackets and more. Installing it incorrectly also means dust and other environmental debris blows into your indoor space, affecting air quality and contaminating your HVAC equipment. Trust us on this. Do the job right.

Schedule Industrial Ductwork Inspections

Along with a professional coming out to handle changing your air filters replacements, think about having your ductwork checked on a regular basis as well. The U.S. Department of Energy explains that duct systems can “lose 25-40 percent of the heating or cooling energy put out by the furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner.” That’s a lot. If you can address air leaks found in aging ductworks connections and seams, you can make a significant dent in your daily energy costs. If your ductwork is insulated (another good idea for saving on utility bills), spotting these leaks and cracks can be almost impossible without an HVAC professional.

How Effective Is Your Heating and Cooling?

Colder or hotter spots in your building could mean something as easy to fix as cleaning dirty coils or other debris-clogged equipment. Regular inspections and maintenance on your commercial HVAC systems can help you get a handle on these details, before they turn into major problems. After all, who really wants to replace equipment sooner than otherwise necessary?

While these suggestions may seem familiar for any homeowner, they also apply to commercial HVAC. They translate into saving your company even more money than you do at home with sensible, energy-saving measures, too.


You wouldn’t go without oil changes or regularly scheduled maintenance for your car. Commercial HVAC is no different. A little planning goes a long way. Call Air-Tro today to schedule your appointment today. (626) 357-3535.