The air ducts in your home or business are the vessels through which warm and cool air travel to keep your building at a comfortable temperature for everyone inside. Over the course of time, these ducts could very well become dirty or otherwise contaminated with dust and mold. If there is anyone who works in or visits your business who has sensitivities to these types of pollutants, they could experience asthma or allergy problems.
For these reasons, it’s important to engage in regular duct cleaning if you have commercial HVAC in Florida. Here are a few cleaning tips to keep in mind:
- Keep an eye out for mold: Mold is most likely to develop in moist areas that do not have proper ventilation. If you have mold that sprouts up inside your air ducts, it can send its spores through your heating or cooling system with the air, releasing it into your work areas. As the mold continues to develop, you could see it appearing inside the surface of the air ducts or on other areas of your overall HVAC system. The only way to be completely certain if you have mold is to get lab testing done on samples from your air ducts. Depending on how serious the mold problem is, you could end up having to replace ductwork or insulation, so make sure you are regularly cleaning your system and try to reduce moisture as much as possible.
- Watch for clogs: As dust, debris and potential droppings or damage from rodents and insects pile up, they could clog your system. In the most serious cases, you could see particles from this debris flying through your vents into the air. Regular inspections of your HVAC system can help you pinpoint potential clogs before they become a problem.
- Understand all EPA recommendations regarding mold remediation: If you are cleaning out moldy ductwork or replacing insulation that has been damaged with mold, you are required under EPA rules to also remedy the environment that caused the mold to develop. If you do not put a stop to the spread of moisture, you’ll just have more mold that develops and causes you to have to replace the insulation yet again.
- Work with a professional: Air duct systems in commercial buildings are typically expansive, going through areas of the building that are difficult to access and traveling for some distance. Therefore, it’s usually a good idea to hire a professional cleaner for the job. A professional cleaner not only has the expertise needed to ensure all trouble spots are taken care of, but also has the equipment and tools needed to get through the areas in your ducts that are extremely difficult to reach.
The ductwork in your building probably does not get a whole lot of maintenance attention, but regular cleanings can prevent your employees from experiencing health problems and can prevent problems with insulation from arising. For more information about our services for commercial HVAC in Florida, contact 5 Star Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. today.