It’s heating up outside, and if it hasn’t already, your air conditioner is about to click into high gear! Just like your car or any major appliance, your home’s cooling system will perform better with regular maintenance, and air duct cleaning is just one of the services to consider to ensure the longevity of your entire HVAC system. Learn more as we go through this article and know the signs that your drying system needs some cleaning!
Routinely replacing filters, your home’s HVAC system gets dirty with regular everyday use, and unfortunately, your air ducts are a favorite hiding place for dust, dirt, and allergens to linger. This is the time where you need to get a dryer vent cleaning because the dust and dirt are filled with contaminants and air pollutants that can not only harm your indoor air quality but can also cause your system to work harder. This not only increases your energy bills but can also significantly shorten the lifespan of your system.
An industrial HVAC system operates much the same way as a residential or commercial system but on a much larger scale. They provide the same cooling, heating, and ventilation but with some differences. Regardless of the size, all HVAC units need to be cleaned and maintained regularly by trained professionals.
Since industrial units are much larger and more complex, they utilize different components. They often use either radiant heaters or hot air furnaces as heating elements. Infrared radiation provides direct heat in radiation heaters. Fuel is burned to create heat in hot air furnaces. A heat pump may also be used to draw out heat from water or air supplies to warm buildings. An industrial HVAC system may also include a chiller to cool the water that flows through the cooling coils.
Another major difference is that industrial HVAC units are usually installed outside the building, sometimes on the ground or up on the roof to prevent excessive noise from the unit. They force heated or cooled air into the building through ductwork. Because of their placement, they are often hard to access. Even with these differences, industrial HVAC systems still require the same cleaning and maintenance that other units require.
Like commercial and residential systems, there are things to watch for that indicate that air duct cleaning is needed including:
The Unit is Less Efficient
It is either failing to heat or cool a room completely or the airflow from the vents is diminished. These can be indications that the air ducts are obstructed with dust or other debris.
There is an Increased Rate of Employee Absences Due to Illness
Dust blown out from the vents into the workspace can cause headaches and aggravate allergies. The growth of mold inside the ducts can also produce allergens and cause sickness. Additionally, if humidity is increasing because of decreased airflow, it can create a favorable environment for airborne viruses and illnesses. Not only will they cling to the dust and moisture particles in the air, but they will also reproduce more rapidly and continue to be circulated throughout the facility rather than being blown out through clear vents.
There Are No Records of Recent Air Filter Changes
Commercial HVAC units require maintenance every three to five years depending on the type of business, but industrial units require more frequent checkups due to heavier workloads and larger volumes of air that pass through the systems. Maintenance and cleaning should be scheduled immediately and a regular plan for continued upkeep should be established and implemented.
Keeping air ducts clean provides many benefits. It reduces the exposure to contaminants for workers and any products being manufactured in the facility, worker health issues, compensation claims, and health insurance costs are lowered, and energy efficiency saves money.