Hospitality industry businesses face substantial challenges in Western Australia every day. Competitors strive to seek out every edge to increase their business, ensuring that you have to do the same.
Meanwhile, costs for basic goods and services, especially labour, continue to rise. You have to watch your bottom line as never before while ensuring that your business maintains efficiency.
We all face the temptation to boost the short term bottom line by putting off needed maintenance and upgrading, but this brings more risk. It also can cost, rather than save, money.
Up to 71 percent. That number represents the potential savings of implementing a sound maintenance plan over neglecting your air conditioning or heating system.
Maintaining your heating and cooling systems does incur costs. Air conditioner evaporator coils collect grime that impairs function. Refrigerant leaks occur, preventing the system from running at optimal levels. Basic checkups can reveal the need to change filters. Just like your automobile, a central air conditioning system may need an oil check or change.
Also, advances in technology bring out more efficient and better-performing systems regularly.
It pays to work with a company to stay on top of maintenance and upgrades. The alternative may look better on the balance sheet for now, but could expose your company to costly risks.
Think of what happens when you do not change the oil and transmission fluid or flush your vehicle’s coolant system. First, you start losing fuel efficiency. Next, as system efficiency declines, you may have equipment breakdowns. In extreme cases, your car will malfunction and break down.
The cost of repairing the car at this point outstrips the money you should have spent on maintenance. Your business cooling and heating systems need the same attention as your automobile because the cost of neglect will outstrip the price paid for maintenance.
Regular maintenance saves money over neglect that leads to breakdowns. For example, an average maintenance visit will cost between $100 and $150. Replacing an entire system can cost between $9,000 and $18,000 or more depending on the amount of space cooled or heated.
Even if the systems do not break down, a poorly maintained system can cost. When filters go unchanged, coils uncleaned, or other issues remain unresolved, system performance suffers. Your cooling and heating units have to work harder, but often produce poorly. The extra effort will boost your electric bills and increase overhead costs.
Experts will tell you that the same rings true for commercial refrigeration and freezer units.
The increases may be almost imperceptible from month to month, but build up over time, costing you tremendously.
Again, the money spent on higher bills may outstrip the cost of regular maintenance and updating.
The scale of the business matters little when it comes to the need to ensure the continual running of reliable services. In fact, small scale bed and breakfasts rely more heavily on their online reputation than major operations. A single poor review can sink them in a competitive marketplace. Failures of cooling, heating, or refrigeration don’t just threaten the bottom line. They can threaten the very viability of the business itself.
The best of cooling, heating, and refrigeration maintenance companies in Western Australia make sure to provide the same standards of work and service to their small business clients as their large scale customers. They know that small and medium-sized businesses serve as the backbone of the economy and serve them diligently.
When tourists choose to stay at a hotel, a resort, rental cottage, or even a backpacker's hostel, they expect value for their money. Even the most basic of accommodations must meet basic standards of tourists to survive. This includes hot and cold running water, clean rooms, and even the complimentary shampoo, conditioner, and soap.
One of the lodging industry’s worst nightmares lies in a failure of cooling and heating, especially in seasons of extreme temperatures. People expect their room to remain comfortable. Loss of climate control can turn a restful night into a nightmare of no rest, leading to unhappy customers sharing social media tales.
Sometimes a business or residence can save money by replacing or upgrading an old system.
Larger operations encounter larger economies of scale. Improved efficiency and performance, even in incremental percentages, can lead to major savings. Air conditioning and refrigeration cost businesses considerable sums. Those that can reduce costs can compete better in the market.
All air conditioners have a SEER rating. This stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Older air conditioning units, mostly those built before 2005, have a SEER of 10. Many built afterwards in response to stricter regulatory standards in the US and elsewhere, have a SEER as high as 23.
Newer air conditioners with tighter efficiency can save you as much as 23 percent over older units. For businesses especially, this can translate into real savings.
Many hospitality businesses have adapted their marketing to emphasise a commitment to environmental awareness. They encourage guests to turn off unnecessary lights, reuse towels, and work with other guests to voluntarily reduce the establishment’s total impact. All of these measures also help the establishment itself to incur lower costs, resulting in a win-win for all.
Some of those same establishments, however, do not understand that their efforts to cut both impacts and costs come to naught with improperly maintained equipment. Unclean and ill-maintained units draw more power from the grid, increasing the establishment’s total environmental impact.
Experts agree that keeping your systems in top operating condition leads to premium efficiency. Unless you employ someone on staff with the proper expertise, you should consider calling a professional service to help you keep systems in their best working order. If you serve in a position that requires the permission of others to initiate a service call, make sure and research specific reasons why this strategy saves money in the long run.
Regular maintenance brings efficiency, saving you time and money. It can also discover serious problems that might otherwise lead to costly breakdowns.