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Heat-Timer® Corporation

Extending the Lifespan of Commercial HVAC Systems

Heat Timer's Platinum Series Heating Control System

A commercial HVAC system in an apartment complex or industrial building can represent some complex and expensive hardware and no matter how well you maintain it, eventually, even the best systems will wear out. So, if you’ve wondering how long the HVAC system for your apartment building, retail center, factory, hotel or other commercial property can be expected to last, here are some insights from the experienced professionals at Heat-Timer.

Factors that Determine the Lifespan of Commercial HVAC Systems 

Generally speaking, a commercial HVAC system will last around 10 years with minimal care, which can be extended to around 15 years if it is properly and proactively maintained. Factors that can impact on this lifespan include:

  • The quality of the key components of the system
  • Voltage imbalances in the area
  • The efficiency of the system’s design
  • The quality of the installation of the system
  • The use of an advanced control system to maximize boiler efficiency and minimize energy usage.
  • The climate where the building is located
  • The usage demands on the system
  • The regularity of maintenance and the expertise of the technicians involved in maintaining and repairing the system

Constant monitoring of the building’s HVAC system is key to staying on top of maintenance issues and tracking the system’s performance. As the system ages, repairs will likely become more regular and efficiency will degrade. At some point, the running costs of the system may make it more cost-effective to do a full replacement.

One strategy for older heating systems which can prolong the lifetime of boilers and associated equipment significantly is the introduction of an energy management system. A system like the Heat-Timer platinum series is so flexible that it can be configured to manage the most complex distributed staging boiler systems for the absolute maximum efficiency. It does this through a series of wireless sensors which provide 24/7 input to the control. It provides “outdoor reset” so that you don’t send heat where it isn’t needed on warm days. This heating control system not only helps manage boiler cycle times, but sophisticated algorithms monitor the sensor input to predict maintenance needs and upcoming repairs in a way that is far more efficient, cost effective, and timely than having a technician poke around the system every month. Information is then reported remotely through a mobile app or website, so that much of the heating system oversight can occur without visits to the mechanical room.

Preventative maintenance and partnering with a skilled commercial HVAC contractor is another key to ensuring the longest and most cost-efficient running of your system, so be sure to find a service provider skilled in commercial heating systems.

For more information on a Heat-Timer authorized Commercial HVAC contractor near you, call or visit our website at https://heat-timer.com