It’s the responsibility of property managers to ensure their commercial HVAC systems are running efficiently and reliably. They are important aspects of maintaining a high indoor air quality in any commercial building.
Now that November is here, the cold weather is too, which means sick employees and building tenants become increasingly common. People are much less productive when they’re sick, and spreading the flu and other airborne illnesses is a big reason for understanding indoor air quality. Commercial HVAC systems that are running well are a key piece in the battle against the flu taking over your office floor of building. Building managers should monitor their commercial HVAC systems and see how well they’re maintaining the overall indoor air quality in their building, especially during flu season.
Why Indoor Air Quality Matters
Allergies make everyone miserable in the fall and the spring. As much as we all love nature we don’t want to deal with allergies while we’re at work. These natural allergens become concentrated in office buildings if they don’t have commercial HVAC systems that are performing well. The air in an office building can be up to 5 times worse in terms of allergens, than the air outside a building. This is one of the main reasons commercial HVAC systems need to be properly monitored and well maintained by an experienced and reputable HVAC company like Commercial HVAC.
With this in mind, it’s easy to see how poor indoor air quality can directly impact the health of tenants and employees in a building.
Most people don’t have the types of jobs that allow them to be outside all day or even most of the day. This keeps us inside offices and other commercial buildings. Commercial HVAC systems are responsible for circulating heating and cooling throughout a building in the summer and winter, and at some point that air has to pass through filters. These filters are an essential part of ensuring the particles and matter in the air in held to a minimum. If these filters are allowed to become clogged or too dirty they will not only impede the air flow and affect the efficiency of commercial HVAC systems, they will also allow dirty indoor air to continue circulating.
If professional HVAC maintenance isn’t scheduled regularly, or it’s not scheduled at all, airborne contaminants will be aplenty in any commercial building. Moisture is also something that needs to be considered when discussing indoor air quality. Primarily because bacteria thrive in damp and moist conditioner, commercial HVAC systems need to always be running properly and efficiently. This bacteria could contribute to making employees and tenants sick.
Redesigning Commercial HVAC Systems
Redesigning commercial HVAC systems is a great way to improve the indoor air quality. This entails improving the ventilation of the system. Proper ventilation regulates carbon dioxide levels, provides odor control, and can flush anything polluting the air. If ventilation is the problem, you have to have the ductwork examined or inspect other elements of the ventilation. There are many different places where most commercial HVAC systems, especially older ones, can be improved and updated. Along with controlling humidity levels inside your building, changing out components such as filters, coils, and ducts can make a tremendous difference.
For more information about optimizing or maintaining commercial HVAC systems, or to make an appointment contact an HVAC technician from Commercial HVAC today: 416-727-5016.