Anti Aging - why adequate maintenance is crucial
There is real return on investment in preventive and predictive maintenance. If you think about it, it is actually a practice that we all adopt in our daily routines from brushing our teeth to sending our vehicles for routine periodical service. It is no surprise that the same concept would apply to equipment and systems within buildings.
AC systems that are not energy efficient, fresh air handlers that do not deliver, aging systems, and leaky pipes and ducts are some of the common issues that our clients struggle with.
Proper management of systems within a building starts with the understanding that aging is more about how the system is being operated and maintained and less about the actual vintage of the equipment. It is non debatable that age of equipment matters- one might face difficulty getting spare parts or experience discontinued support for old equipment. However, those factors aside, it is the maintenance practice followed that would determine how much age will have of an impact on the functionality of your systems and how soon the equipment will actually “age”.
Factors like running hours, runs per day, environmental characteristics of space temperatures, humidity and dust, repairs, and upgrades are all instrumental in determining equipment life. Is the system run to failure or is there an adequate plan that is based on asset life-cycle information to address the maintenance plan of the equipment over its life? When a system is adequately designed and operated, a well-drafted comprehensive maintenance procedure that utilizes preventive and predictive practices will ensure a reliable and predictable performance from the services equipment and their related systems and processes.
It is imperative that buildings owners realize that allocating budgets for adequate maintenance practices today, could save them a lot of time and money in the future. We have helped many of our clients- in the commercial, hospitality, and district cooling sectors- to identify key areas of concern via condition assessments of their existing facilities and to develop comprehensive maintenance plans that are based on international standards and industry best practices.