Heating and cooling a storefront or business space is necessary, and it’s important for facilities managers to understand the equipment and processes involved—or have a great relationship with a contractor or staff members who understand the intricacies of heating and cooling.
When the weather already has people sweating, or if employees need sweaters to be comfortable at work, an additional HVAC malfunction could spell disaster. When an HVAC switch or sensor breaks, plan to have the problem dealt with in short order to minimize work interruptions. That means knowing a good HVAC parts distributer, keeping basic parts on hand, and telling people where instruction manuals are located.
Build Relationships With Industry Professionals
It’s important to have a good relationship with an HVAC parts source and a contractor who understands the nuances of your unique heating and cooling system. This comes over time. Buy a company’s products and get to know their representatives, and if you establish a good working relationship, they will be more likely to help you when you are in crisis mode. They should be able to tell you about various aspects of their products ahead of time, including:
· Installation procedures
· Use of setpoint knobs
Regular Inspections and Familiarization
Mandated inspections are a wise addition to the company maintenance or facilities calendar. A forced air system is reliant on solid ducts. Pressure moves air where it needs to go, whether that is the manager’s cozy office or the staff lunch room. Leaks and faulty gauges can cause problems. Obviously, keeping a few spare parts on hand is good preventative care. Depending on the type of HVAC system in the building, this might include some of the following parts:
· Differential pressure switches
· Duct connection mounting kits
· Differential pressure transmitters
· Pneumatic pressure sensors
· Gauge pressure transmitters
Installing new heating controls is not something every staff member should have to worry about, but it’s good to keep instruction manuals handy so people will know what to do or whom to call in case of a heating or cooling emergency.
Having the right HVAC parts, and understanding how to use them, can be the difference between working in undesirable temperatures or staying cozy all day.