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.


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
  • Client
  • 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:
  • Piping:
    • Look for leaks
    • Presence/condition of insulation
    • Support
  • Boilers:
    • Tag information
    • Pressure relief valves
    • Settings
    • Casing
  • Pumps:
    • Noise
    • Leaks
  • Expansion tanks:
    • Review if water conditioning exists
  • Certificates:
    • 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
  • Consider:
    • 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.