Why HVAC Predictive Maintenance Aids Contractors & Gets Results for Facilities Management

The modern business today is governed by a need to cut costs and maximize profits at every company level. HVAC predictive maintenance, using data to know when maintenance is needed, can work in management's favor by making it easier to scheduled preventive maintenance and allows for projective service scheduling, so day to day operations are disrupted as little as possible. It is a balance that exists between predictive and reactive maintenance responses. While both are necessary, the bulk of the time, energy, and finances for each quarter should be directed at predictive maintenance and preparing for, including their impacts on the facilities management budget, issues before they occur.

Preventive Maintenance Avoids the Run-Until-It-Breaks Problem With Reactive Maintenance

Reactive maintenance is about being on guard at all times and living with the feeling that at any moment, something catastrophic could take the entire system down. No matter how ready you think you may be when a problem arises, and disaster strikes, you will see how much more prepared you could have been. According to the experts at Accurent, there are "certain scenarios, [where] these failures can jeopardize employee and equipment safety. Through regular preventive maintenance programs, equipment failure situations with a high potential to impact safety can be identified and corrected before an incident." For HVAC predictive maintenance, the cost that a single major safety incident can cause makes any predictive planning pale in comparison.

Predictive Maintenance Can Automatically Notify Field Service Vendors When a Problem Is on the Horizon

One of the most significant benefits of HVAC predictive maintenance and data utilization is that it highlights potential problems while still relatively minor. Higher energy use or other alerts can show a trend that points to a burned-out circuit or part that can affect the entire system. When you can track data from sensors over time, you can see changes that may alert you to a minor issue that can quickly turn into a massive problem if left unchecked.  Utilizing an HVAC predictive maintenance program can allow you to set up time-saving automation, such as automatically alerting a contractor to an issue or flagging troubling data for quick review. 

Integrated Predictive Maintenance With the CMMS Improves Budget Adherence

Maintaining and managing HVAC systems also requires accurate tracking and recording of data in the CMMS. This platform is useful for scheduling visits, reporting problems, tracking repair progress, and much more. In turn, it provides a way to track total HVAC costs in relation to monthly facilities budget. This idea highlights an important balance that needs to be maintained when it comes to HVAC predictive maintenance. It is the balance between being ready for anything and, at the same time expecting the unexpected at all times. That is the key to surviving these ever-changing times.

Stop HVAC Costs From Spiraling out of Control With Data-Driven Predictive Maintenance

Although HVAC predictive maintenance is far superior to reactive maintenance, it is not always feasible to move away from all reactive maintenance and repairs. Things can and do go wrong, despite your best efforts and plans, because there are things that could never really have been foreseen. These are the costs that can quickly spiral out of control. But by implementing a sound HVAC predictive maintenance program, it will be easier to cut costs because the bulk of the issues will be prepared for in advance and handled on your terms. That is the most efficient way to reduce costs, manage your systems, and implement sound HVAC predictive maintenance routines day in and day out with a partner like Cushman & Wakefield Facilities Solutions—formerly QSI Facilities. Request a consultation online to get started. 


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.