Written by Joseph Leichner, Director of Operations, Daikin Applied Service
Managing HVAC equipment and systems for commercial buildings can be overwhelming, especially when you are faced with aging systems and surprises found during maintenance. To help you provide the best outcomes for your building occupants, we‘re sharing our top tips to ensure your building’s equipment and systems can perform for years to come.
- Asset Management planning
Unplanned repairs coupled with escalating operations and maintenance costs can cause financial challenges for many buildings. To avoid surprises to your facility O&M budget, take advantage of an asset management assessment, which includes a full evaluation of your equipment, including chillers, boilers, pumps, air handling units, and controls. Upon completion of this assessment, you will receive a report that outlines the potential repair needs, maintenance practice recommended changes, and equipment replacement needs for your facility as well as an analysis that will give you insights to drive more accurate budgeting for replacing HVAC equipment for the near future.
- Annual Maintenance Contract
Extend the life of your equipment and reduce operating costs with a maintenance plan that’s suited to your facility needs. Implementing a proactive approach will keep your equipment and systems running effectively and efficiently to support your building’s purpose for your business. A maintenance agreement can ensure that you are covered for the unexpected while also getting the most from your equipment day-to-day. When supported with tools like Daikin’s Intelligent Equipment®, service teams can also remotely access your system to identify trends and possible issues, addressing them before they become a serious—and more costly—problem which could impact employee productivity and customer satisfaction.
- Training - operator & technician training
Proper training is essential to the lifecycle performance of HVAC equipment. Many companies claim that they provide training but many of those programs do not adequately prepare a Technician to know what needs to be done to maintain or service commercial HVAC equipment. We deliver industry-leading training programs through our Daikin Learning Institute (DLI). DLI offers technical service training courses to learn first-hand, from the manufacturer, what it takes to get the most out of your HVAC equipment and system to support your comfort and reliability needs. Institutes like DLI that are accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and authorized to issue the IACET CEU, can provide true factory-training for all of your HVAC service needs.
- Periodic energy audits
Your HVAC system is one of your building’s largest energy draws—consuming roughly 40 percent of your building’s energy expense. If energy is not monitored or managed, it can mean a substantial impact for your overall organizational goals and financial profitability; some energy costs can increase overall annual expenses by 20 percent if not controlled carefully. With an energy audit, experts can help you find where your opportunities lie: identifying energy conservation measures and spotting facility improvements to reduce your energy spend by more than 10 percent. An audit goes beyond the HVAC system to include an evaluation of lighting, occupant usage, and even windows and roofs. As a result of the process, you will gain perspective on potential energy savings, reaping the rewards in building performance which improves your business’ bottom line.
Need more tips or want to connect with a Daikin service specialist? Contact our service professionals in your area.