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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.

Fall Furnace Maintenance Is Important

Now that summer’s gone and fall is here it’s time to start thinking about proper fall furnace maintenance. There are a number of reasons to properly maintain your furnace and at the very least have a technician take a look once each year. Bring proactive about your home’s heating system can help make sure your furnace and duct system operates efficiency through the cold winter months and all year round. Toronto furnace professionals at Commercial HVAC Heating & Cooling have the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure your heating system is ready for the worst winter has to throw at us. In addition to having a professional heating technician in Toronto evaluate your furnace there are a few things you can do on your own to keep your heating system in good shape. Here’s a fall heating checklist that can help you extend the life of your furnace and improve it’s efficiency:

  1. Inspect Your Furnace: Simply taking a look around the exterior and inside of your furnace every now and then is a good idea. If you’re comfortable doing so, take a look inside your furnace’s flue with a light and look for any moisture buildup. Tapping a flashlight or screwdriver on exposed surfaces to see if there is corrosion or if rust falls off can also reveal some problems. Rust can be a warning sign of many different problems that shouldn’t be ignored, which means it’s time to call an expert Toronto furnace repair technician. Overall, if you see any corrosion, rust, moisture, or soot around the interior or exterior of your furnace call a professional.
  2. Fall Furnace Maintenance Includes Ductwork: Over time your heating system’s exposed duct work can shift and separate as it heats up and cools down. Checking for any leaks on your exposed ductwork and sealing them up can help to increase furnace efficiency. If you suspect a leak somewhere on your ductwork simply brush some soapy water onto the area while the furnace is running and if it begins to bubble you have found a leak that needs sealing. For small leaks high quality duct tape can normally do the trick, but for larger ones it’s a good idea to as a professional furnace maintenance technician for help.
  3. Change Your Furnace Filter: One of the most important part of your fall furnace maintenance checklist is to ensure that you change your furnace filter. If you find that your home is typically dustier than most due to the area you live in then it’s advisable to change your furnace filter at least twice each year. Additionally, if you’ve recently had home renovations done there may be a build up of dust from construction activities that needs to be filtered out of the air in your home, which can in turn build up and clog your furnace filter. Since changing your filter is so easy and affordable it’s a good idea to periodically take a look at it and change it when necessary.
  4. Replace Your Thermostat Batteries: If your thermostat is battery operated then it’s essential to regularly change the batteries during, and outside of your fall furnace maintenance schedule as necessary. It can be disastrous if you leave for a winter vacation and your thermostat batteries die. This can lead to your furnace not working at all during cold days, which can lead to bursting pipes and other major issues. Alternatively, this may lead to your furnace running non-stop which will be very expensive and generate a lot of wear and tear on your furnace.
  5. Clean The Furnace Vents: During your fall furnace maintenance it’s important to take a walk outside and clean out any intake air vents to ensure they’re clear of debris, insects, or anything else that could cause problems if drawn into your furnace.
  6. Test Your Furnace Before It Gets Cold: Why wait until it gets really cold to turn your furnace on? When fall hits take some time to run your furnace for 10 minutes to ensure that it’s working properly. If you wait until it’s a freezing cold night you may find yourself calling the Commercial HVAC emergency Furnace Repair hotline: 416-727-5016.
  7. Professional Furnace Maintenance: The most important part of your fall furnace maintenance plan is to schedule an appointment with a reputable and professional Toronto furnace maintenance company like Commercial HVAC Heating & Cooling.

For more information about fall furnace maintenance in Toronto, York Region, and the GTA contact Commercial HVAC Heating & Cooling today: 416-727-5016.