When the temperature outside drops, the heat is on—literally and figuratively.
For building managers, colder weather signals the time to begin heating the buildings they manage. And heating places unique demands on a building’s HVAC equipment. Moreover, the array of system heating sources – natural gas, electric resistance, oil, propane and heat pumps, necessitate different approaches and strategies to start-up, operation – and preventive and ongoing maintenance.
A sound Preventive Maintenance (PM) program can keep HVAC equipment running smoothly and efficiently during the cold winter months, and all year round as well. In our last post, we provided a basic PM checklist for natural gas heating equipment. Now, we’d like to use that list as a baseline for the other heating sources, and provide add-on tips for each one based on their specific requirements.
Consider Radiant Heat Systems As Well
Radiant heating is a type of heating that is gaining popularity, particularly in stand-alone retail stores. With radiant heating systems, plastic piping is installed in the floor of the store or in exterior sidewalks during construction. A boiler and circulating pump are then connected to the piping. The warm floor is a comfortable type of heating, and the water tracked into an interior space is evaporated quickly with warm floors.
If you use radiant heating on your sidewalks, there will be little water or snow tracked into the interior space. Having a safe, dry, ice-free sidewalk encourages more traffic to your space in the winter and rainy season. This, in turn, creates good will that is carried over to warmer months. Radiant heat in sidewalks also reduces liability and labor expense for snow and ice removal.
Next up: We’ll discuss potential energy savings from specific heating strategies. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about CLS Mechanical Services heating and cooling services, call us at 800-548-3542 or fill out the form below.
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