KEEPING YOUR COOL: THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF HVAC SYSTEMS IN RETAIL SUCCESS

As a leading Facilities Management company, FM Solutions is urging retail businesses to prioritise preventative maintenance for HVAC systems in their facilities.

FM Solutions recognises the vital role that HVAC systems play in the retail environment, and the importance of keeping them in good working condition to maintain customer satisfaction and safety,” explains Zaahir Forbes, Technical Director at FM Solutions.

Forbes explains that the essence of Facilities Management is ensuring that a workplace is properly maintained, managed, and operated to meet the needs of its occupants. “This includes a wide range of tasks, such as technical services, soft services and business support services. HVAC systems form an essential part of the retail industry, as they have a direct impact on consumer experience and business success. It is for this reason that proper maintenance and operation of the HVAC systems are critical in the retail industry”.

In the retail environment, maintaining comfortable temperatures, humidity levels, and air quality for consumers and employees is of utmost importance. These facilities require strict moisture and mould control, since moisture and mould can impact merchandise.
 

“Preventative technical maintenance is the key to keeping HVAC systems in good working order.
By conducting regular inspections and maintenance, we can identify potential challenges before they become major problems and take corrective action to ensure smooth operation of the HVAC systems.”

Zaahir Forbes
Technical Director
FM Solutions

The role of technology:

FM Solutions uses the latest technology to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their maintenance plans. These include a computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) to track work orders, schedule maintenance tasks, draft the maintenance schedule and monitor the performance of HVAC systems. This system ensures that maintenance tasks are completed within defined time frames, and that any issues are identified and addressed promptly.
 
“We believe that technology is the key to improving facilities management services. Businesses should be equipped with the data on HVAC performance to make informed decisions on operational and capital expenditure. With the current energy crisis, it would be prudent to understand HVAC performance and identify initiatives to maintain a comfortable and compliant retail environment,” he says.

Supplier development in local markets and remote areas:

FM Solutions is also committed to supplier development in local markets and remote areas. To this end they work with local suppliers and contractors to provide high-quality facilities management services to retail businesses throughout South Africa.
 
“This commitment to supplier development helps to promote economic growth and create job opportunities which ultimately ended up benefitting the entire local community,” Forbes expands.
 
In conclusion, FM Solutions urges retail businesses to prioritise preventative technical maintenance for HVAC systems in their establishments. By doing so, they can ensure that their HVAC systems are operating at peak efficiency, which can result in significant cost savings and minimise downtime or disruptions. With the help of technology and a commitment to supplier development, FM Solutions is dedicated to providing high-quality facilities management services to retail businesses throughout South Africa.

For more information about FM Solutions and their facilities management services,
please visit their website at www.fm-solutions.co.za.

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