Developing an HVAC Contingency Plan

01/25/2016 08:00:00

Just think, what would be the result if your building’s HVAC system was inactive for a prolonged period of time? Whether you operate a manufacturing facility or healthcare center, a broken down HVAC could lead to lost revenue and even injuries or death. For this reason, many businesses and organizations have developed a contingency plan to help them minimize risk through managing the consequences of a system failure or natural disaster.

With a contingency plan in place, your organization will be ready for any situation and can prepare the facility for a temporary HVAC system. Read on for some helpful tips for developing an HVAC contingency plan.

Identify Potential Causes of System Failure

Determining the potential causes of system failure allows you to assess the level of risk. Factors that may cause system failure include equipment malfunction, natural disasters, power outages or sabotage. List these potential causes in order of profitability, cost, and potential to disrupt your operations.

Conduct a Critical Equipment Audit

Analyze your building systems and equipment and determine which are the most critical. For instance, think about what the result would be if your equipment shut down for an hour, a day or a week, or if it failed completely. If an equipment failure would result in lost revenue or a life or death situation, then it is a critical piece of equipment. Once you’ve identified your critical equipment, have a third-party expert conduct a critical equipment audit. The auditor will analyze your equipment’s current condition, confront any performance issues, and record potential points of failure.

Determine High-Priority Processes

Consider your organization’s top priorities and critical processes when creating your contingency plan. This allows you to focus your plan on the building areas that are most crucial to your operations and would have the highest impact on your bottom line if an unexpected situation were to arise.

Know How Critical Equipment Will Be Replaced

Develop a list of the portable equipment that will be used to replace the functions of failed critical equipment, such as temporary Carrier heaters, boilers, air handlers, or dehumidifiers. Identify the best place to install the temporary equipment at your site and how it will be connected to the facility. Don’t forget to factor in any accessories the equipment needs, such as pumps, cables, valves and water hoses. You should also determine any potential challenges and make the necessary preparations and building modifications in advance.

Choose a Quality Temporary Equipment Provider

Partner with a temporary HVAC equipment provider that can provide you with the equipment you need and fast. At Carrier Rentals, we provide a wide range of rental HVAC equipment including Carrier heaters, air conditioners, cooling towers, dehumidifiers and generators, and can conduct detailed site evaluations for your facility’s critical areas. We will help you create an emergency response plan that will allow your organization to not miss a beat if an emergency were to occur. For more information about HVAC contingency plans and rental HVAC equipment, contact us at 1-800-586-8336 .