Three Mistakes To Avoid With An Older Commercial AC System

The air conditioner for your business needs to be in top running condition to ensure the comfort of your staff and customers. If you are in a building with an older system, though, you may be concerned with efficiency and operating costs. Avoiding the following three mistakes can help ensure that efficiency issues are never a concern:

#1: Giving employees free access to the thermostat

The key to an efficient commercial air conditioning system is to use a programmable thermostat. These thermostats allow you to manage the temperature so that it is cooler when staff and customers are on-site while raising the temperature after hours so the system isn't running as often. This will also help prolong the life of the AC since it won't be working as or as often, which cuts down on wear and tear. The only way this will work, though, is if employees can't fiddle with the thermostat or change the settings. You can purchase locked cases that fit over the thermostat just for this purpose. Only building maintenance should have access to the thermostats.

#2: Ignoring the old ductwork

A lot of the issue with an older AC system lie within the ductwork. Often, the ductwork will even predate the AC system, though, so it can also be a problem even if you have a new commercial air conditioner. Over time leaks can develop as ducts pull apart, gaps develop, or they suffer damage. A full duct inspection can help reveal these issues. If the ducts aren't accessible, then a contractor like can feed cameras down the ducts to check for leaks or they can perform a pressure test to locate leaks. Then, repairs can be made or a membrane can be inserted into the duct to seal the air leak. The result is a more efficient air conditioner that doesn't have to run as often to keep the building cool.

#3: Skipping regular maintenance

Just like your home AC, a commercial system requires regular maintenance like filter changes and lubrication. Often, larger commercial systems have more maintenance needs, since they are apt to contain more filtration devices and to be used more heavily than the standard home system. The best way to manage this is to enter into a maintenance contract with a commercial air conditioner technician. They can set up a regular maintenance schedule that will help ensure that your old AC works well for as long as possible, while also helping to maintain maximum efficiency.

For more help, contact an HVAC contractor in your area.