Despite routinely replacing filters, your facility's air ducts and HVAC system get dirty with regular everyday use. Contaminants and air pollutants fill the dust and dirt hiding in your air ducts and can harm your indoor air quality and cause your heating and cooling system to work harder. All that hard work increases your energy bills and can significantly shorten your HVAC system's lifespan.
Like any other equipment, your HVAC system will perform better with regular maintenance.
Air duct cleaning is just one of the services to consider if you want to ensure longevity for your entire HVAC system. While regular cleaning and maintenance are vital to maintaining the efficiency and life span of your equipment, there are some critical times air duct cleaning is crucial to the health and operation of your facility.
Here are four reasons you need to schedule your commercial air duct cleaning:
I. Post Construction or Renovation
Routinely cleaning your ducts is essential. However, it's even more critical if your building has recently undergone construction. During any construction or renovation project, dust and debris are released into the air, making it imperative to have air ducts professionally cleaned to ensure that the buildup does not compromise the HVAC system. Whether your HVAC system is idle or running during construction, dust and debris collect inside the ducts and air intakes. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 daily. Over time, this re-circulation causes a buildup of pollutants in the ductwork.
New construction and remodeling projects inevitably generate large amounts of dust and particulates from activities like sawing, sanding, and drywalling. These airborne particulates can travel through the air and are drawn into the ducts and mechanical equipment of the building's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, even if the system is not running.
Inhaling foreign particles can lead to health issues down the road. Wood dust, for example, if inhaled excessively, can lead to occupational asthma or even lung cancer. Examples of other harmful airborne contaminants include silica, asbestos, lead, carbon monoxide, toluene, and more.
Setting aside the dangerous types of debris specific to construction, you also have to worry about everyday dust and debris. Clogged filters also strain your equipment and can lead to premature failure if you don't clean or replace the filters to allow optimal air exchange.
II. Damage Remediation
HVAC system components subjected to catastrophic events such as fire, smoke, or water damage will be subject to restoration procedures when feasible. Component degradation that results in compromised system performance must be corrected through restoration procedures as soon as possible.
Restoring your building after a fire can be a daunting and stressful experience. Even if a fire does not destroy the structure, smoke and soot can get into your ductwork, causing damage and a lingering odor unless adequately cleaned and restored.
Soot is acidic and can cause further damage and air quality issues if not removed soon after a fire. We will professionally clean and remove the soot from carpets, walls, ceilings, HVAC units, and air ducts.
Fire and water damage go hand-in-hand, as your property has likely sustained water damage from sprinklers and hoses used in the fire-fighting process. Complete water removal is essential to prevent secondary damage or mold growth.
III. Mold Growth
Whether from the previous water damage example or due to environmental moisture, chances are mold is hiding in your air ducts. Mold grows from elevated moisture levels in as little as 48-72 hours, and, unfortunately, once it starts to grow, it has to be removed in a controlled fashion. The only answer is mold remediation or removal. Growing mold releases microscopic spores, tiny little seeds that drift in the air, causing exacerbated allergies and respiratory problems.
Your heating and cooling system can develop condensation that leads to mold growth in your ductwork, especially in Florida's humid climate. You may spot mold around your vent covers. Still, unfortunately, many components of your heating and cooling system aren't easily accessible or visible, so mold in your air ducts is tough to detect. However, while mold can be difficult to see, it usually presents itself in the form of a musty odor. Regular air duct cleaning and HVAC maintenance ensure the routine inspection of the system to identify concealed mold growth and take the proper steps to remedy the issue. Professional air duct decontamination and mold remediation are the only answers for complete mold removal and to ensure healthy indoor air quality of your building.
IV. Higher Energy Costs
Your heating and cooling costs should be relatively predictable from year to year. Dirty ductwork might be to blame if you receive a noticeably high bill, especially compared to the same time a year ago.
Ductwork can become so dirty that air cannot flow freely and efficiently through your building's HVAC system. When this happens, your furnace and air conditioner work much harder than usual to maintain a comfortable temperature. This added energy expenditure means higher utility bills for your facility.
You also may notice an inconsistency with airflow or cooling throughout your building. In most cases, fully open vents should deliver consistent airflow from room to room. Inconsistency could be the result of dirty air ducts.
It is worth noting that it isn't always the accumulation of debris in your air ducts that causes your system to work harder. Any leaks in your ductwork are lost energy, decreasing the system's efficiency and ultimately increasing your energy bill. Hiring an air systems cleaning specialist to clean your ducts won't only remove harmful contaminants but can also rule out potential leaks.
SCHEDULE YOUR COMMERCIAL AIR DUCT CLEANING TODAY
If you are looking for commercial air duct cleaning services or want to learn more about comprehensive Indoor Air Quality services, we can help. Contact Duct Dynasty, Central Florida's premier air systems cleaning specialists, to learn more and schedule your service.