Just like people get annual physicals to monitor their health or take their vehicles in for oil changes, a facility’s HVAC equipment needs to be assessed regularly. Even simple cleaning can drastically reduce major issues. Maintenance and engineering managers are responsible for making sure equipment is running properly and at maximum efficiency. How can managers make the case to building owners that maintenance is worth the investment?
Institutional and commercial facilities find many reasons to put regular HVAC maintenance and cleaning on the back burner. Building owners and facility executives often see the cost of proper maintenance equipment as prohibitive, or the organization lacks trained staff to perform the maintenance. In extreme cases, it can be easier for leadership to practice “decision by spreadsheet” and allocate resources to other areas. In all cases, the lack of routine maintenance practices is akin to just crossing fingers and hoping equipment keeps running.
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