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Best Practices for Southern California Commercial HVAC Maintenance

Pollution and Temperature Extremes Make Upkeep More Important Than Ever

HVAC Maintenance

We’ve discussed the similarity between your company vehicles and your commercial HVAC system before in this space. It bears repeating that regular maintenance is an essential part of keeping all your commercial equipment in good condition, including your HVAC. Like an oil change, HVAC inspections and repairs, if needed, should be included in the routine operations for your building.

However, what you may not be aware of are the unique challenges to your HVAC system that may arise simply by having a building located in Southern California. Don’t get us wrong. The weather, the people, and the opportunities here all are fantastic! But read on for a couple of issues that once you’re aware of them, will allow you to keep your SoCal HVAC system running at peak performance long into the future.

Consistent Temperature Control

It gets hot here in the Southland, and nowadays, good air conditioning is an essential part of indoor comfort. Tenants and employees expect to feel cool and comfortable even on the hottest days. But given the costs of utilities, you may find yourself constantly turning on and off the system in an effort to keep expenses low.

There is a better way to regulate indoor temperature, without sacrificing comfort. Furthermore, in doing so you’ll reduce the strain on your air conditioning equipment that comes from forcing it to go from an off position to working at full blast several times a day.

It starts with smart thermostats. They come with a variety of capabilities and price points, but all allow you to regulate the temperature according to occupancy needs, energy efficiency goals and production schedules from hour to hour, day to day. HVAC automation features mean you can plan ahead instead of relying upon the last person in the office to switch things off or on. Often these controls allow you to monitor lighting as well, for added cost savings. Discuss your options with your HVAC professional.

Pollution Means Filtration Is Key

We all know smog is a huge issue in Southern California. But it doesn’t just affect the quality of your indoor air. Dirty air filters can also slow down the airflow coming through your HVAC system, forcing the equipment to use more energy to do the same job it would if your filters were cleaner. In other words, clogged air filters cost you money! Make sure replacing them every 30-90 days is a regular part of your HVAC maintenance plan.

These are just a couple of examples illustrating how important it is for Southern California commercial building owners to take control of their operating costs and their HVAC needs. After all, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the cost of heating and cooling of your commercial building could make up to 35% of your operating budget. Lowering that percentage while maintaining indoor comfort consistently is always our goal for every one of our commercial customers. And with regular maintenance and sensible upgrades, you can make that a reality.


Save energy without sacrificing indoor comfort with the heating and cooling experts at Air-Tro. Call us today at (626) 357-3535.