Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is an important part of the whole operation for facilities in various climates across the nation. These systems are the key component to a comfortable and healthy building for customers and employees. AEMS integrates HVAC assessments and management of components into MyHVAC software.
STEPS TO CONDUCTING YOUR HVAC ASSESSMENT
Collect Building Information:
- Building age
- Mechanical drawings
- Floor plan drawings
- Operating and maintenance manuals
- Past reports
Conduct Interviews to Obtain Historical Information:
- Pre-survey questionnaires
- Maintenance Employees
- Building occupants on how they perceive the building’s condition
Overall Building Condition Assessment:
- Walk through the occupied spaces to observe if ceiling tile stains, water stains on walls, mold formation and the condition of visible components such as thermostats and radiator valves.
- Pop up ceiling tiles and look through access panels to determine if the ducts are insulated, check duct and pipe hangers.
- Inspect plumbing, vent pipes and rooftop equipment such as makeup air units, air conditioning units, condensing units and exhaust fans.
Observe Mechanical Rooms at the End for:
- Look for leaks
- Presence/condition of insulation
- Tag information
- Pressure relief valves
- Expansion tanks:
- Review if water conditioning exists
- Review if posted
- Fire protection:
- Review condition and fire penetrations
Summarize and Prioritize Financial and Risk Assessment:
- Review implications of losing a particular piece of equipment and if redundancy exists
- Divide observations into maintenance and capital improvement categories
- Decide if testing is needed
- Indoor air quality tests (CO, humidity, etc.)
- Boiler efficiency tests
- Furnace Heat Exchanger Integrity
Next decide if further studies would be merited. For example, an energy study might be beneficial. Finally, decide if systems need to be re-commissioned.