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Summer Break is Almost Here: Upgrade Your System with a Quick Walkthrough

May 1, 2023

In anticipation of summer break, colleges, and universities are gearing up for a time of rest and rejuvenation. For maintenance and facility managers, summer also presents the perfect opportunity to conduct a walk-through of the school's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in preparation for upgrades and maintenance. For instance, managers can check the air filters to ensure they are clean and not clogged with dust and debris, which can cause the system to run less efficiently.

5 reasons why it's important to do a summer walkthrough for system upgrades:

  1. Identify Maintenance Needs: With the school empty, facility managers can easily identify any maintenance needs for the HVAC system. It involves cleaning or replacing air filters, checking for leaks in ductwork, and testing the HVAC system's functionality. Proper maintenance of HVAC systems can save money on energy bills, extend the life of the system, and keep everyone in the building safe and comfortable. Regular maintenance should be done yearly or as needed.

  2. Conduct System Upgrades: Summer is the ideal time for HVAC upgrades or replacements as there is no disruption to classes or students. Among these measures is upgrading older systems with more efficient ones to help reduce energy costs and improve air quality. Upgrading older systems with more efficient ones usually has a substantial return on investment since they use less energy and last longer. Plus, they can help improve air quality, as they are designed to filter contaminants and make the air healthier to breathe.

  3. Ensure Compliance with Regulations: It's imperative to ensure that your HVAC system complies with all relevant regulations, including those related to indoor air quality and energy efficiency. By conducting a summer walkthrough, you can identify any areas of non-compliance and address them before the students return.

  4. Improve Comfort for Students and Staff: Upgrades to HVAC systems can provide a more comfortable environment for students and staff, which can lead to improved concentration and productivity. This is like giving students and staff a comfortable pair of shoes to wear: it may not seem like a big deal, but it makes a world of difference in how comfortable and productive they are.

  5. Save Time and Money: By conducting a walk-through in the summer, facility managers can identify potential issues and perform necessary upgrades before they become larger, more costly problems during the school year.

In summary, a summer walk-through for system upgrades is essential for maintaining the school HVAC system. As a result, maintenance needs are identified, system upgrades are conducted, regulations are met, students and staff are more comfortable, and time and money are saved over time. Facility managers can ensure a smooth start to the school year by preparing the HVAC system during the summer.

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Laiken Kuykendall

Laiken Kuykendall

Laiken is the Digital Marketing Specialist for the Hoffman Family of Companies. She learns more about the commercial/industrial HVAC industry each day and enjoys sharing her best findings here!

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