How To Optimize Your Commercial HVAC System
Your HVAC system is a major investment. It heats and cools your building to keep your staff comfortable and your inventory in usable condition. HVAC systems also play a significant role in maintaining healthy indoor air quality (IAQ). The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of healthy IAQ in the workplace, and keeping the air clean reduces the risk of your employees getting sick. Read more about the signs of bad air quality and tips for improving your business’s IAQ.
Signs of Bad Air Quality
Signs of bad air quality at your business can be difficult to spot. However, there are some indicators that suggest it’s time for an air quality test. Here are some signs of bad air quality:
Random coughing is a serious sign of poor IAQ. A lack of proper ventilation leads to an excess of dust, dander, and other air particles. Breathing in these contaminants can cause frequent coughing fits and other respiratory problems.
Sneezing or Allergies
Sneezing and other allergic reactions are common for people who experience seasonal allergies. However, employees without allergies developing symptoms is an indication that your building’s IAQ is poor.
Increased employee complaints about dry or irritated skin is a warning that your building’s air contains dangerous levels of pollutants. Bacteria and other contaminants on the skin cause rashes, redness, and other conditions that block the natural flow of nutrients and shouldn’t be ignored.
Pesticides and cleaning products contain contaminants that cause headaches if not properly ventilated. Frequent headaches impact employee productivity, and prolonged exposure can lead to severe symptoms, including dizziness and nausea.
Excessive Dust Buildup
While some dust in a building is normal, high dust levels are a sign of bad air quality. Dust mites reduce the moisture in the air and trigger allergies, asthma, and other serious health problems.
Hot and Cold Spots
Have you ever walked around your building and noticed significant temper-ature fluctuations? This is a sign of poor indoor air circulation or that your system isn’t suited for your facility—both of which impact IAQ.
Clean Air HVAC Best Practices
Install a Properly Sized System
Choosing HVAC equipment that is properly sized for your building and facilities is critical. If your system is too small, it won’t heat or cool your building adequately and wastes energy by running constantly. However, installing a system that’s too big leads to increased energy bills because it’s frequently starting and stopping. This extra wear and tear shortens your system’s lifespan and leads to high replacement costs.
Design Your HVAC System Carefully
Before installing your system, consult an HVAC professional to verify that the system’s design meets your IAQ needs and protects the health of your staff and customers.
Have a Preventive Maintenance Program
Taking advantage of a preventive maintenance program is the best way to ensure you provide healthy IAQ for your employees. Regular inspections and check-up visits allow you to fix small problems before they become major issues. Make sure replacing your air filters is part of your maintenance program; this helps consistently catch dust and other contaminants and keeps your building’s air clean.
Service Unlimited’s Indoor Air Quality Services
Partnering with an experienced HVAC system provider is one of the best ways to improve your air quality. The technicians at Service Unlimited are aware of the current need for healthy IAQ and offer a wide range of services designed to keep your employees and customers safe. We offer routine maintenance that includes switching out air filters and provide customized ductwork design services to make sure cleaner air circulates throughout your facility.
iWave Air Purifier
Our iWave Air Purifier boosts IAQ by removing odors, dust, and other contaminants from the air. It features patented needlepoint bipolar ionization technology that injects ions in the airstream and turns harmful pollutants into harmless compounds. Our iWave effectively removes bacteria and viruses from the air and leaves your building with a clean and healthy environment.
Improve Indoor Air Quality With Service Unlimited
Service Unlimited has been providing leading HVAC design and engineering solutions for Delaware since 1962. It’s our mission to deliver a high-quality level of professional service to our clients. Working with our team means that your system remains efficient. Our technicians are trained in every aspect of HVAC maintenance and have experience working with modern and antique systems. Contact Service Unlimited today to learn more about superior HVAC solutions.