Your building’s heating and cooling system is trying to tell you one big thing – it needs some much-needed attention. It isn’t unusual for organizations to carry on with business as usual and forget about the ductwork; after all, there are clients to tend to and work to complete. If you haven’t thought about your HVAC in a while, you might want to, however. After all, your heating and cooling system is much like the lungs of your facility. It takes air in and breathes it right back out, and you’ll want to ensure that it’s “breathing” clean air.
If your building is currently experiencing any contamination with an accumulation of particulate on the supply and/or return diffusers, has accumulated any contamination as a result of smoke, fire, water damage, or construction debris, or if it has recently become infested with birds, rodents, or insects, you will want to have your ductwork serviced.
In addition, you will want to consider giving your ductwork professional cleaning if you are striving to achieve your LEED Certification or are part of a proactive energy management program.
Healthy indoor air quality is essential in the workplace. Throughout normal occupation inside the facility, your system will generate contaminants and air pollutants such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These are then pulled back into the system and are re-circulated several times a day, which can cause a build-up of contaminants in the ductwork.
In addition to having good air quality in your facility, clean ducts can often mean an increase in energy savings. Contaminants in the system cause your HVAC to work harder and less efficiently, and it can also shorten the life of your system over time, even if you are using filters. When the system is clean, it won’t need to work as hard to maintain the temperature that you want. This will result in lower energy usage and improved cost-effectiveness.
When it comes to getting your business’s ducts cleaned by the professionals, we recommend Ductz of West St. Louis. They use HEPA-filtered equipment, which ensures that your facility’s indoor air does not become re-contaminated by the dirt and debris that is removed from the system. Their service technicians are certified and trained to provide your facility with the services it needs by inspecting, maintaining, and restoring the mechanical systems to a healthier environment. Ductz will also document each job they do by taking before-and-after photos of their handiwork.
Once they have cleaned your ductwork, all you will need for the next 5 to 7 years is an annual inspection to make sure that your filters are clean, debris-free, and changed per the manufacturer’s recommendation. A semi-annual inspection from your HVAC contractor can also help keep all mechanical components in proper working order.
Thank you to Patty Clisham of Ductz for contributing to this article. You can reach Ductz of West St. Louis at 314-631-6700.