When was the last time you updated your HVAC system? If you are like many property managers, your answer may be “that depends”. Unless you have a brand new building, chances are your HVAC equipment was originally installed, and over the years has had significant changes and upgrades. A new piece of equipment here, a new piece of equipment there, and pretty soon your system is a hodge-podge of pieces that all work together to provide you the best service possible.
One of the most important skills a business owner or property manager needs to have is the ability to budget effectively. After all, every single day brings new opportunities and new challenges. And if the money isn’t there, if cash flow isn’t conducive to providing the best every single day, the bottom line will eventually break the business.
An air handler, or air handling unit (AHU), is used to regulate and circulate air as part of a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The air handler is usually located in a large metal box and contains a blower, heating and cooling elements, filters, and air ducts for taking in and releasing air.
When it comes to running a business, there are little mistakes … and then there are BIG mistakes that hit you right where it hurts the most: your bottom line. Its easy to do little maintenance items to try and keep things running as efficiently and as low cost as possible. But sometimes maintenance isn’t enough. If you don’t replace it, it will impact you, and not in a good way. Can you really operate with employees and customers … and no heat?
As a property manager, every morning brings with it an entirely new set of issues. Some days can be all about routine maintenance while the next day can seem like you’re handling nothing but problems. The two work hand in hand. If things are maintained on a regular basis, the chances of it escalating into an emergency situation reduce considerably.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average commercial building wastes around 30 percent of the energy it consumes. That means that as a property manager, if you haven’t taken any steps to improve your building’s efficiency in the last few years, it may be wasting even more. If that’s the case, you’ll find many opportunities to improve, some that you can implement immediately and will have lasting impact well into the future.