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At Smart Church Solutions, we are all about being proactive. And HVAC preventive maintenance is one of the areas that we see churches slacking in. However, maintaining your HVAC is essential to supporting the efficiency and longevity of your heating and cooling system. 

By performing regular inspections and cleaning, you can avoid costly repairs and extend the life of your equipment. The paragraphs below will dive into five tips to help you proactively maintain your HVAC system.

1. Schedule Regular Inspections 

The best way to prevent costly repairs is to catch issues before they become significant problems. We recommend scheduling regular inspections with a qualified HVAC technician to have your system checked for potential problems. During these inspections, the technician will look at various components of your system, including the air filter, blower motor, condenser coils, and ductwork. 

2. Change the Air Filter

The air filter in your HVAC system plays a critical role in maintaining the air quality in your facility. It captures dust, debris, and other pollutants, preventing them from circulating throughout your facility. Therefore, we recommend changing the filter every three months or sooner if you notice a buildup of dirt and debris.

3. Clean the Condenser Coils

The condenser coils release heat from the refrigerant in your HVAC system. These coils can become clogged, making it difficult for the system to release heat. In turn, this can lead to a reduction in efficiency and can potentially damage the compressor. To clean the coils, turn off the unit’s power and use a soft-bristled brush to remove any dirt or debris.

4. Check Ductwork

Leaks in your ductwork can lead to decreased efficiency and increased energy costs. Having your ductwork inspected and sealed by a professional is crucial to ensure your system operates as efficiently as possible. This also includes checking and cleaning your vents/grills/registers.

5. Schedule Maintenance at the Start of a Season

The best time to schedule maintenance for your HVAC system is at the start of a season, typically before summer or winter. This will ensure that your system runs at peak efficiency when you need it most.

Bonus: Reduce Your HVAC’s Run-Time

We have one more bonus tip for you. Reducing run-time is an excellent way to extend the life of your HVAC units and save energy costs. If you only run your HVAC units when your space is being used or occupied, you can extend the unit’s life and save money. We see that as a win-win. The best way to accomplish this is to integrate your Event Scheduler (like eSPACE) with your HVAC Controls.

Conclusion: Preventative Maintenance Will Save You

By following the tips above, you can ensure your HVAC system runs efficiently and effectively all year long. Regular maintenance will save you money in the long run by preventing costly repairs and prolonging the life of your equipment. Remember, it’s always better to address an issue early rather than wait for a problem to become more prominent.

As a note, we highly recommend hiring a professional HVAC technician to maintain your system. These experts have the necessary training and tools to ensure the job is done correctly. 

To learn more about how our team can help, contact us today!

Tim Cool
Chief Executive Officer
Tim Cool is the President and CEO of Smart Church Solutions and takes great pride in helping churches optimize their facilities. When he’s not at the helm of his company, he’s dedicated to his family, being a husband to Lisa and a father to 27-year-old triplets. An enthusiast of the outdoors, Tim enjoys the simplicity of hiking in the North Carolina mountains.