Protect Your Commercial HVAC Units from Snow and Ice

AC unit with snow

When winter blows in, it’s important to protect your business inside and out. Your HVAC units are not only going to work extra-hard to keep up with the demands of the season, but they’re going to be exposed to the elements. How can you make sure that your HVAC system survives the winter? Command7 has three tips for you.

Keep it clear

Outdoor HVAC units can stand up to some ice and snow, but like everything, they have limits. Some wintertime frost is normal, but if your unit or coils are encased in ice, that’s a problem. HVAC units require free airflow no matter what time of year it is. You wouldn’t leave it covered in leaves or shrubs the rest of the year, so you shouldn’t let snow accumulate on it in winter. Keep the area around your HVAC unit shoveled, but ensure that snow doesn’t get packed around it and it doesn’t get touched or damaged by the shovels.

Keep it from getting wet

With snow and ice comes water. This is unavoidable, but you can minimize water damage in and around your HVAC unit. You’ll want to be sure that proper drainage and runoff are possible. If your building gets icicles, make sure that they can’t drip onto the unit. Making sure that snow and ice are clear from the unit, coils, and outside pipes will prevent the natural process of thawing and freezing that can stop units from working properly.

Keep it maintained

HVAC systems tend to run full-time when winter hits, and you’ll need to take extra care of them. Additionally, proper maintenance will keep you from having to pay a high electric bill at the end of the month. Air filters will need to be changed more frequently to make sure that everything flows freely, and regular maintenance of all the other parts will need to increase. On top of that, snow removal will reduce a lot of the hazards that come with winter weather. If you don’t already have a snow management plan in place, now is the time to seriously think of getting one.

Whether you need someone to maintain or repair your commercial HVAC system before winter hits or someone to remove the snow from your property, Command7 can help. Contact us online or give us a call at 855-214-2168 to talk to us about your needs and what we can do to meet them.

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