You probably spend a lot of time and energy thinking about your commercial building maintenance. Something you may not give a lot of thought to is your air ducts. If you aren’t noticing any issues and your HVAC system is working well, is this something you need to devote time, attention, and money to? Your air ducts are an integral part of your HVAC system, and while you probably don’t need to clean them yearly, you can’t let it go forever. At least every 3-4 years you should have the ducts inspected and cleaned if necessary, and if your system is less efficient than it could be, this will need to be done more frequently.
How Do They Get Dirty?
One of the major ways that air ducts get dirty is through the dust. Leaks in the ductwork, lack of proper air filtration, and poor indoor air quality can all lead to dust flowing through the ducts and depositing on their surfaces. If the dust on the surfaces builds up enough, it can get swept up again in the air currents and carried down into the work areas. Another way ducts can get dirty is though mold growth. High humidity in the building or areas where water can leak into them can cause mold growth on the walls of the ducts. This mold produces spores that break off and are carried in the air down into the work areas. Finally, any animals that travel in the ducts (like mice or rats) leave behind hair, nesting materials, and even food debris. It’s not unheard of for larger animals like birds and squirrels to get into duct systems to nest. All this debris can also be carried through the ducts.
Benefits of Cleaning Them
The biggest benefit to clean ducts is that all the “dirt” we talked about above doesn’t get carried down into your work areas, and this improved air quality is especially important for anyone who has health issues like allergies or asthma. Clean ducts also improve HVAC system efficiency, since the fans don’t have to work as hard to move “dirty” air as clean air. Additionally, the dust can build up on the air conditioner coil, and even a tiny layer of dust can cause it to work less efficiently. Finally, keeping the ducts (and therefore the air that moves through them) as clean as possible will help keep the HVAC system running longer. Less wear and tear on the system means a longer lifespan for the system components.
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