At the end of the day, the most important aspect of your business is the bottom line. While it may seem like the financially savvy decision to forgo certain expense now for more profits, this is often a recipe for disaster down the road. This is especially the case when it comes to preventative maintenance of various systems throughout your business. So, what are four different preventative maintenance practices that make financial business sense to have completed immediately?
More and more businesses are turning to solar systems to both improve their sustainability and to save money on their electric bills each month. Much like heating and cooling systems, solar systems must also be maintained at least once per year. This will ensure that everything is operating properly and that the system does not need any replacement parts. Failing to maintain a solar system can lead to fewer savings due to underperforming solar panels or solar inverters.
Although it may only need to be replaced once every couple of decades, regular roofing maintenance is necessary, especially for businesses that focus on climate control. Regular maintenance is less expensive than roof replacement and closing the office for weeks. If air is escaping out of or coming into the business through weak points in the roofing, the heating and cooling systems will have to work overtime to make up for this. This can quickly cause heating and cooling bills to skyrocket which is bad for the business’s bottom line.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning units are perhaps the most important systems to keep maintained on a regular basis. HVAC technicians can test how well your boiler is working to heat water as well as provide burner service if it is not operating properly. Additionally, HVAC technicians will check and replace air filters as necessary to ensure clean air for your business.
A final system that must be regularly maintained is a septic system. If these systems go unchecked for years at a time, they can back up and cause many health and safety issues for you and your employees. Septic maintenance includes regular removal of waste and tests to ensure the waste is being contained properly.
Planning for the long term means taking care of the minor things now that will help to avoid large unexpected expenses in the future. This means following a regular schedule of maintenance for a variety of systems that benefit your business. It is much easier to budget for preventative maintenance on an annual basis than it is to have to find tens of thousands of dollars all at once down the road when something goes wrong.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.