Properties Magazine May 2017 : Page 60

the road. To put it into perspective, the cost of repairing or replacing a heating and cooling system is often five times higher than a preventative mainte-nance program would have been in the first place. While it may appear that your HVAC system is r u n ni ng smoot hly, over time the system will eventually wear down and build up with dirt, dust and mold. Without regular pre-ventative maintenance, this build-up could cause the equipment to break or malfunction – leading to a substan-tially higher service bill or premature unit replacements. Note: Even if you recently purchased an entirely new HVAC system, the war-ranty will be invalid unless you have maintained the equipment per the manu-facturer’s recommendations. A common reason for neglected maintenance is that HVAC systems are usually installed in an area that isn’t often seen – such as rooftops, basements or in mechanical rooms – making them easy to ignore. However, this inattention often comes with a hefty price tag. Aside from saving money by avoid-ing equipment malfunctions and costly repairs, preventative maintenance helps property owners and managers prevent other risks that could greatly impact their tenant retention rates. Keeping tenants happy – and tenant turnover low Inadequate heating and air condition-ing is one of the top reasons that tenants decide to leave properties. In fact, studies have shown that proper preventative maintenance helps improve occupant comfort and health, decreases HVAC energy costs and even extends equip-ment life. Routine HVAC system maintenance also helps improve indoor air quality (IAQ) by helping to eliminate mold while reducing dust throughout the building. Tenants – especially those with allergies and respiratory disorders – will be much happier with cleaner air and sufficient temperature controls. Comprehensive, proactive mainte-nance by a qualified technician is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent costly issues from occurring now, and in the future. To schedule a thorough preventative maintenance appointment, call your HVAC company, or vet other qualified service professionals in your area. Tip: Before hiring a new company, verify that the technicians are familiar with equip-ment from a variety of manufacturers. P David Masciarelli is president/CEO of Brennan and Associates, Inc. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, visit Brennan Heating & Cooling online at 60 Properties | May 2017

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