AIR & HEAT COMPANY, INC.
If you depend on HVAC, refrigeration and controls for your business, we’re the contractor for you. We make it our business to keep your business running.
Preventative HVAC Maintenance Saves You Money!
Up until now, there was no useful way to calculate the cost-benefit of preventative maintenance. After all, much of the benefit of preventative maintenance is the “prevention” part – meaning if you do it, bad things won’t happen. But how do you calculate cost-benefit of something that may or may not happen? Consequences vary wildly by customer, industry, time of year and type of problem.
Recent studies prove that whether or not disaster strikes, the cost of performing preventative maintenance costs LESS than if you don’t maintain.
Benefits of a Maintenance Agreement
We schedule your maintenance automatically at the right time for your business and your equipment. You don’t have to worry about forgetting to call and then trying to get someone on that really hot day. This option is available without a Maintenance Agreement as well.
Whichever option you choose, preventative maintenance extents the life of your HVAC equipment, reduces the cost and hassle of emergency repairs and enhances energy-efficiency.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CALCULATING THE COST-BENEFIT OF MAINTENANCE:
Based on a study done by Nu-Calgon, a manufacturer of HVAC products for over 50 years, a 10-ton cooling unit costs an average of $1,650 to operate over the length of one cooling season. The same unit running with dirty coils will use an additional $618 of electricity during the same period.
- Based on our own figures, average maintenance costs on the same unit for the cooling season would typically be about $400 (see our Sample Maintenance Agreement). That’s $200 LESS than the money you spend NOT maintaining. And that’s with just a dirty coil. According to ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers), if your unit also has a clogged filter, energy costs go up by another $10-80 per month or up to $480 for the cooling season.
Energy Savings – Heating Maintenance
During the heating season, if your HVAC economizer malfunctions or your sensors are out of calibration, your equipment could be drawing cold outside air into your building. The additional cost to heat this cold air could be up to $1,400 per year for each malfunctioning unit. A routine check of the economizer and sensors during a maintenance visit takes only a few minutes, but could make a big difference to your bottom line.
An unmaintained boiler, with as little as a 1/16” of soot buildup can increase fuel consumption by 2-8%. If it also has scale buildup (caused by naturally-present minerals in boiler water) fuel consumption may increase by an additional 2-5%. The more build-up, the less efficient the boiler will be. Average boiler maintenance costs are about $850 per year for oil and $450 for gas boilers. When deciding whether or not to maintain your heating systems, consider the additional costs to your fuel bills. Also consider the impact of an after-hours heat failure in the middle of a cold snap. It doesn’t take long for pipes to freeze during our frigid New England winters and the cost to repair and clean up after burst heating pipes is high.