Choosing the right HVAC maintenance strategy

HVAC systems are very important both industrially and domestically. They are how we defy nature’s harsh temperature conditions to choose what’s suitable for us. However, keeping an HVAC system working properly requires quite some level of maintenance. It is, however, important to draw a line between scheduling an effective system to keep your HVAC apparatus working and paying a maintenance company who will only carry out routine checks while getting paid consistently. At the same time, you do not want to become penny wise pound foolish. Trying to avoid minor costs and ending up requiring a major repair. We have put together a couple of steps to take in selecting the right kind of structure that will be beneficial to you and help keep your system in good working conditions.
• Track your HVAC system maintenance history: How often have you had to run maintenance on your HVAC system in the past? How often have you required major repairs? Understanding how your system has been behaving over time will allow you the ability to predict (with a fair level of accuracy) how it might function in the future and put you in a better position to select the right kind of contract. If for example, you have an HVAC system that requires minor repairs every month and a major one once in say 4 months. An annual contract may be a good idea with the company coming over to run checks and carry out servicing. Although you still need to be cautious and be sure to compare the cost of individual repairs every month with the bulk sum you’re paying so as to prevent getting the short end of the stick.
• Get an understanding of how HVAC systems work: Knowledge they say is power. A smart technician could bring up bogus faults when on a maintenance visit; hoping to make a quick, smart buck. Developing a basic understanding of how HVAC systems work would help you to ask the right question and avoid any fishy repairs. The idea here is not that you should undergo a course in HVAC installation and maintenance. Rather, knowing the simplest stuff like the various components of an HVAC system and the role each of them plays should be enough. A simple google search combined with some light reading will help in this regard.
• Crunch some Figures: When discussing the terms and conditions of your service contracts, do not be taken in by generalized assumptions and vague explanations. Take out the time to compare actual figures and do calculations in real time. This may seem time wasting and even parsimonious. In the long run, however, you’ll realize that the costs you’ll save by being careful will be worth the time invested.
• Agree on the little details: There are often some details that are overlooked in the drawing up of a maintenance contract. These points often become significant concerns after the agreement. Be sure to know if you will take priority over other clients in the case of emergencies. Also, have a structure for handling unscheduled repairs.