Winter is one of the busiest times for commercial HVAC technicians because commercial HVAC maintenance is often put on the back burner and the system then becomes prone to fail during times of heavy use. We get it, you’re focused on keeping your business running while keeping costs down. But the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially true when it comes to preventative maintenance. A strong preventative maintenance program will minimize your total HVAC cost in the long run, and SimpleFM makes it easy to set one up.
Reactive vs. Preventative Maintenance
Reactive Commercial HVAC Maintenance
As the name implies, reactive maintenance is waiting until there is a problem and being forced to react to it. It may be cheaper in the short run, but that’s because minor issues aren’t being found and fixed before they become major problems. In addition to costly HVAC replacement or repair in the dead of winter, you also run the risk of losing business if staff and customers are uncomfortable or unable to be in the building. Trust us – you don’t want that phone call in the middle of the night saying that your building was flooded by a burst pipe because the heat went out..
Preventative Commercial HVAC Maintenance
In contrast, preventative maintenance involves regularly inspecting, cleaning, and maintaining all of your system’s components to make sure everything is in good working order. Preventative maintenance not only finds minor issues before they cripple your system, but it also extends the useful life of your HVAC system, improves energy efficiency, and lowers operating costs.
Our team at SimpleFM is a valuable resource to help you make sure your HVAC system is ready to go as winter arrives. We can also make additional recommendations for improving the efficiency of your system, such as installing automatic thermostats and using fans to prevent hot air from rising. According to the Department of Energy & Efficiency, you can save 3% on your heating bill for every degree the thermostat is lowered in the winter.
On average, commercial facilities that have comprehensive preventative maintenance programs in place find their total costs are as much as 50% lower than organizations that maintain their equipment reactively.
Let SimpleFM make keeping your HVAC system in top shape as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Our SimpleFM web and mobile applications let you submit and track facility maintenance work orders at any time from anywhere. You can provide us a maintenance schedule, or let us make recommendations for service based on your facility’s age, size, and usage. We manage all of the back-end administrative work, such as ensuring the people who perform your work are licensed and insured and that the accounting is done right. We also bid out each work order to our vast network of vetted contractors to ensure that the work is done at a competitive price.
Don’t rely on calendar reminders, e-mails, and Post-It notes to keep your HVAC system running through our long winters. Give yourself the peace of mind that comes from having a robust preventative maintenance platform, an expert team, and the best people in the industry on your side. Sign up today for a free demo of SimpleFM at simplefm.com.