Who Is Responsible for Regulating the Heating and Cooling of Buildings?

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Participating in proper HVAC maintenance is not only crucial when it comes to keeping buildings up to code, but it also plays a key role in ensuring that all heating and cooling systems are running properly. When these units are exposed to high or low temperatures for prolonged periods of time, they tend to run less efficiently and die out sooner. Familiarizing yourself with who is responsible for routine HVAC maintenance in your facility can aid in the proper upkeep of installed units.

When it comes to heating in both commercial and residential buildings, the laws and guidelines associated with HVAC responsibility is dictated by states on an individual level. Most states delegate heating responsibilities to landlords, and they require each property to stay above a certain temperature. This temperature typically falls between 55 degrees to 68 degrees depending on the state. They may also have other standards for landlords to follow such as maintaining a specific indoor temperature in accordance to how cold it is outside.

What About Air Conditioning Systems?

Most states do not require landlords to keep up with air conditioning systems. However, if you’ve previously rented out a unit that contained one at the sale date, then you’re usually required to perform maintenance on it when necessary. The most common issues that landlords face with air conditioning systems are:

  • leaking ducts
  • thermostat issues
  • fan complications
  • problems with evaporator coils

If the property that you’re renting out contained a unit pre-sale that is facing issues such as these, then it is your responsibility to address them accordingly. This responsibility falls under a legal branch known as contract law. Since this is considered an actual legal obligation, then failure to maintain the unit can result in legal action such as a reduction in rent. It is important to note that these laws can vary not only on a state level, but on a town level as well.

Adequately maintaining heating and cooling units within a managed facility may require a lot of work, but having a team of trusted professionals behind you can help ease the burden. The contractors at O.C. McDonald in San Jose have the required knowledge and experience to install, maintain, and repair all HVAC systems. Contact them today at 408-295-2182, and speak to their live operator who is available 24/7.

Hiring a mechanical engineer for building retrofits, rebuilds, additions, or enhancements is the quickest and surest way to obtain the ideal facilities for supporting your operations. Are you ready to make your workplace more modern, efficient, or compliant? If so, we can help.

Call us today at 408-295-2182.


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