Preventive vs. Predictive Maintenance in Commercial HVAC

Figuring out the best approach to maintenance and commercial HVAC system maintenance can be a challenge. For small to medium-sized businesses, a predictive maintenance strategy can feel out of reach and costly. However, technology is changing the game, and facility managers now have an opportunity to reevaluate their approach to preventive management to make it data-driven, otherwise known as implementing a predictive maintenance in commercial HVAC program.

Why Does Preventive Maintenance Fall Short in Comparison

Preventive maintenance is not necessarily a bad date. It just costs more in the long run, and it still involves the degree of risk. Think about it. Even if the filters are replaced and everything runs swimmingly, a technician is still visiting the facility to check drain lines, assess the condition of your unit, and maybe replace a filter to. Even if nothing is wrong, the visit itself still costs money. Implementing a predictive maintenance in commercial HVAC program eliminates this uncertainty by transforming it from a reactive process that’s based on his schedule into a data-driven plan that reduces truckrolls, ensures you only get serviced when you need it, and keeps the system functioning at better performance levels, explains Chip Lafferty via HYTECH 24/7.

Predictive Maintenance Relies on Data, Not Schedules, to Only Perform Maintenance When Needed

Since predictive maintenance may require a higher upfront cost for equipment, it’s important to carefully consider its pros and cons. As explained by Facility Executive, “Whether you are an eco-warrior or a skeptic, the hard data demonstrates an undeniable truth: efficient use of resources saves money. Nowadays, being green means more than just solar panels and recycling. It is about reducing waste and prolonging the longevity of machine parts and components. As with other aspects, you have to weigh the costs against the benefits. The added benefit here is that people have growing concerns about the environment. When they ask what you are doing about it, [predictive maintenance in commercial HVAC] demonstrates forward thinking and ongoing effort— all while saving you money.”

Best Practices for Implementing a Predictive Maintenance Program

Implementing a predictive maintenance in commercial HVAC program means taking a few extra steps beyond simply scheduling a visit from the neighborhood HVAC service company. It includes:

  • Retrofit facility assets with smart thermostats and in-system sensors to measure key factors.
  • Collect data in a centralized platform to consider the full view of the information. 
  • Use analytics to process the mountain of data and uncover the tiny changes that allude to big problems. 
  • Leverage automated alerts based on quantifiable triggers to reduce unnecessary, scheduled-only maintenance.
  • Ensuring you have the right technician—properly qualified to fix the problem as indicated by the smart systems—on the way. 
  • Consider automating the process by outsourcing to a proven company that built its network based on data and hard facts—such as Cushman and Wakefield.

Reap the Rewards of Data-Driven Predictive Maintenance in Commercial HVAC Systems

The opportunities to improve HVAC system life expectancy and cut costs in maintaining assets are clear. A predictive maintenance in commercial HVAC system program is the go-to method for controlling the budget and keeping the facility comfortable. In addition, new technologies, such as needle point bipolar ionization, can further improve the health of building occupants, and connect to smart monitors too—lowering your TCO through ozone-free and chemical-free sanitation along the way. 

J Glasglow, MCR

J Glasglow, MCR

As Senior Vice President of Solutions Development for Cushman & Wakefield Global Occupier Services, J Glasgow partners with corporate occupiers of real estate to develop integrated real estate, facility, project and operational management programs designed to improve processes, manage risk while significantly reducing total cost of occupancy. J’s background includes more than 20 years of experience in diverse commercial and corporate real estate disciplines such as, account leadership, and management, facility and operational planning, project management and strategic portfolio optimization. J has advised global clients from a broad range of market sectors encompassing financial, insurance, healthcare, bio-science, engineering, and consumer goods companies that encompass, office, industrial and manufacturing portfolios. With a diverse background in corporate real estate planning, facility management and project management, J has leveraged savings for his clients of over $313 million dollars while aligning with their overall business strategy and mission.