If you own or manage a commercial building, you know the HVAC system is a never ending project. As long as it remains in good condition, and repairs are made on a timely basis, everything works well. If an unplanned disruption happens, it can send everyone in the building into a state of panic.
As a manager of a building or property, you quickly learn the art of mediation. One minute you may be working with a vendor to keep the building’s operating system running efficient and smooth; the next moment you may be calming a tenant down after finding the change in the system disrupted his office’s workflow. Give and take; it’s the only way to make sure every day runs perfectly.
When was the last time you updated your HVAC system? If you are like many property managers, your answer may be “that depends”. Unless you have a brand new building, chances are your HVAC equipment was originally installed, and over the years has had significant changes and upgrades. A new piece of equipment here, a new piece of equipment there, and pretty soon your system is a hodge-podge of pieces that all work together to provide you the best service possible.
One of the most important skills a business owner or property manager needs to have is the ability to budget effectively. After all, every single day brings new opportunities and new challenges. And if the money isn’t there, if cash flow isn’t conducive to providing the best every single day, the bottom line will eventually break the business.
An air handler, or air handling unit (AHU), is used to regulate and circulate air as part of a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The air handler is usually located in a large metal box and contains a blower, heating and cooling elements, filters, and air ducts for taking in and releasing air.