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With the temperatures starting to cool and fall rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about fall boiler preventive maintenance for your Chicago building. When heating equipment malfunctions or breaks, it tends to do so on the coldest day of the year or on a holiday, like Christmas or New Years. The reason is pretty simple. If you have an older boiler that hasn’t been maintained well, it has to work harder on extremely cold days. This can cause the unit to break down, and if it happens on a weekend or holiday, it can add hundreds of dollars to your repair bill. In order to avoid heating equipment catastrophes and uncomfortable indoor temperatures, you should think about taking steps to ensure that your boiler is ready for winter before cold temperatures arrive.
How well maintained is your boiler? If you answered that it still ran last winter, you may be in for a surprise, especially If you are committing one of these classic boiler maintenance mistakes. In fact, you could be setting yourself up for high winter heating bills and the need for emergency maintenance. To make sure you are getting the most out of your boiler, remember to have your boiler inspected regularly and repaired when needed.
When is the last time you thought about the humidity levels in your Chicago building? If you’re like most people, the answer is not since the last 90-degree day when you felt like you were walking through a giant outdoor sauna while traversing the parking lot to your car. The truth is that the humidity levels inside your building are extremely important. If it’s too dry, certain finishes in your building may crack, like wood flooring and moldings, and your residents may feel cold, even if the thermostats are set correctly. If it’s too wet, your building may start to feel like that 90-degree day.
How efficient and safe is your heating equipment? Just because your HVAC system was working fine at the end of last year, doesn’t mean it’s going to be safe or reliable this year. This is because, with each cycle, your heating equipment experiences wear and tear, and if you have a natural gas or heating oil furnace or commercial boiler, lack of maintenance could cause dangerous carbon monoxide levels. An HVAC preventive maintenance inspection can help reduce the risk for common heating problems, including carbon monoxide, which is odorless, tasteless and undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
When is the last time you performed preventative maintenance on your fan coil unit (FCU)? Fan coil units are used to heat or cool a room without ductwork, which makes them easy to install in areas where installing air ducts is not feasible or financially viable. In order to extend the life of the unit and prevent extremely costly repairs or the replacement of your FCUs, it’s important to perform regular preventative maintenance.
Did you know that performing regular maintenance on your HVAC unit can help you save money on your cooling bills? According to IAQA, you could save as much as 30 percent on your summer cooling bills if you keep your A/C unit well-maintained.
As you prepare for the heat of summer, don’t forget to clean your boiler after you shut it down for the season. Boilers often run on fossil fuels, like natural gas and heating oil. Because of this, the inside of your boiler can collect soot. If that soot sits for a long period of time, it can erode the components inside your boiler. For this reason, we recommend inspecting and cleaning your boiler each spring.
How often do you think about your building’s indoor air? Most people would answer that question by saying that up until a few months ago, they didn’t give it much thought. When the building’s HVAC system turned on, warm or cool air was pumped through the building, and everyone was comfortable. Of course, indoor air pollution, Legionaries disease, mold, dust and odors permeated through buildings long before the appearance of COVID-19. If all that particulate matter built-up in significant enough quantities, a building was said to have Sick Building Syndrome, which is a condition that is noted by a sudden and significant increase in headaches and indoor allergy symptoms. In order to ensure that a building’s air is healthy, it has to have a mechanical ventilation system to source and distribute outdoor air in a controlled manner inside the building.
What steps are you taking to help keep your indoor air and spaces clean and free of viruses, like the novel coronavirus, bacteria and other indoor air pollutants? According to the EPA, Americans spend roughly 90 percent of their time inside. This could be inside their homes, a grocery store, their workplace or another indoor venue. This means that residential, commercial and industrial buildings all need to take steps to keep their indoor air clean, especially when considering the prevalence of COVID-19, and its ability to infect. The good news is that you can utilize certain upgrades and repairs to your HVAC system in order to help eliminate contaminants from your indoor air.