The main function of the HVAC system, whether in a commercial building or residential home, is to exchange the air and regulate comfort. Putting off routine maintenance of the HVAC system impacts not only building operations but occupant safety as well. If the filters are not regularly changed, they become dirty and clogged- thus restricting airflow and static pressure. When this occurs, it is harder to regulate the temperature and humidity in the building.
Additionally, HVAC units that are under constant stress are more likely to fail due to wear and tear of belts, bearings, and bushings. Clogged drain pans may overflow and cause water damage- something we’ve seen often in our industry. Wiring may overheat or short circuit, which could result in fires. These are only a few of the risks associated with deferred maintenance of the HVAC system in your commercial building. So, how do you avoid these issues? Keep an inventory list of the HVAC equipment in your building. A good inventory list provides insight into the specifications, age, and history of the equipment. This is helpful for routine maintenance and planning for a replacement.
HVAC systems are key to maintaining optimized building health. It is highly recommended to contact a professional when dealing with duct cleaning and air handling units because of the risk of cross-contamination. The certified professional will know how to clean every component associated with the duct system, including reheat coils and VAV terminals. SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup & Lewis Counties specializes in duct cleaning for both residential and commercial buildings. Make sure you are checking your HVAC system regularly and hiring a professional to perform routine maintenance.