A preventive maintenance program can save on energy costs and keep building occupants comfortable—and productive—all year long. Key elements include:
Hire a qualified professional to clean and inspect your furnace or boiler equipment at least once per year.
- Inspect seals, valves, pipe joints and instrumentation for leaks and make repairs when needed.
- Check gauges and other instrumentation to ensure that they're in line with building maintenance policies or manufacturers' recommendations.
- Be sure all dampers and linkages are connected and opening and closing as intended.
- Clean heat transfer coils and replace filters as needed.
- Inspect motors and check belts regularly for tightness.
- Clean and recalibrate mixed-air and supply-air sensors regularly to ensure that they match occupancy schedules and building conditions.
A preventive maintenance program that optimizes energy savings is more than just a checklist of items. Leadership, training and documentation are necessary to tie everything together and ensure continuous improvement.
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