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Why HVAC Maintenance Is Missing from Your Operating Costs (And why it’s a Big Mistake)

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HVAC MaintenanceDo you fix heating and cooling systems when they break down rather than prevent it with maintenance? This is a costly way to operate a facility. Taking a re-active approach to building maintenance makes operating costs increase because inefficient equipment is continuously wasting energy.

Without routine maintenance HVAC systems will break down more often—and these types of break downs often require expensive replacements.

Preventative HVAC maintenance is a pro-active approach to building management. (Click here to compare the costs and benefits of re-active and pro-active approaches.)

By pro-actively seeking out building maintenance, you can extend HVAC equipment life and prevent breakdowns. Securing a customized maintenance plan for your facility size is a big help when creating and managing your building operating budgets; HVAC costs will be more predictable and will allow you to create more accurate budgets over the long term.

Even though HVAC maintenance is one of the best ways to save on building expenses, it can still be difficult for some building managers or owners to take the next step.

Here are a few of the common reasons why HVAC maintenance is neglected:

Lack of Visual Reminders

HVAC units are not the most visual components of a building. If a light bulb is out, you change it. If carpeting is damaged, you replace it. But since HVAC systems are often out of sight, we tend to not pay attention to it unless we feel its effects—and this is usually when the equipment breaks down and stops working.

Lack of Resources

This is the common culprit for allowing routine maintenance to slip. If you don’t control your building operating budgets then it can be hard to convince your superior to justify the cost. And if you don’t have the time or the proper skills to perform maintenance yourself equipment will get neglected.

Lack of Communication

You may have asked to add HVAC maintenance to your operating budgets but you were denied. This is a common mistake usually cause by little communication about the reasons why you requested the budget increase. If you need to justify maintenance budgeting to top level executives then you have to be prepared. You will need to do your research and support it with facts.

Need help making your case for adding maintenance to your operating budget? Stay tuned for more information and tips on how to get your budget request approved.

>> Interested in preventing breakdowns to your heating and cooling systems? We provide customized HVAC maintenance plans for commercial buildings and industrial facilities all over the Greater Toronto Area. Contact us to request your free estimate today.

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Dave Morrison is the General Manager at Intelligent Comfort Solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial HVAC maintenance, repair, installation, and indoor air quality improvement. He prides himself on finding the best HVAC solution for your business, and building a lasting relationship that your business can depend on. Dave is known for his open and honest communication and his friendly top notch customer service.

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