The Importance of Proper Airflow in Your Commercial Building

June 6th, 2018
The Importance of Proper Airflow in Your Commercial Building

When your building has better airflow, your employees will feel much happier.

Now that we are in June, summer is in the air. Although there are still bound to be some days that are cloudy and overcast, there will be plenty of days where you will want to throw the windows wide open and let in some fresh air. But what if you can’t open the windows in your commercial building? You’ll have to think of some other solutions to ensure there is proper airflow.

Better Airflow Equals Happier Employees

When your building has better airflow, your employees will feel much happier. For one thing, they will be kept cool by conditioned air that cycles in and out of your commercial HVAC system. However, airflow becomes even more critical when different areas of your office needed to be cooled. It’s all well and good to have a powerful system keeping your server room cool, but what if you need it in the conference room upstairs? If the air can’t make it there, then that is a problem.

Likewise, air balance is just as crucial as airflow. When newly-conditioned air enters a room, the air that used to be there needs to be able to return to the commercial HVAC unit for re-conditioning. Unfortunately, if this doesn’t happen, you will find you have a noisy office from the doors opening and closing by themselves. Also, the air in the room will quickly grow stale, resulting in smells that linger because air isn’t being properly circulated.

How to Improve Airflow

Get Rid of Blockages: Start by looking for unexpected blockages. If your building has been consistently cold when it doesn’t need to be, your employees might have taken matters into their own hands. Consequently, they might have decided to block the vents to slow down the amount of cold air that comes in when they don’t need it. However, they might unblock the vents on their own on a hot day when more air conditioning in a room becomes a blessing.

Change the Filters: Another possible solution is to change the filters. The filters will get clogged, meaning that you will need to replace them every month, especially if your commercial space tends to get dusty too quickly.

Verify Size: You should also make sure that your commercial HVAC system is the correct size for your building. No matter if it’s too big or too small for your space, both system sizes will lead to headache-inducing airflow problems. For instance, a unit that is too big will be unable to completely remove the humidity from a room.

Redesign HVAC System: Your last resort might be to upgrade, overhaul, and redesign your existing HVAC system. You might have renovated your building without considering where the HVAC system goes. If that’s the case, then a redesign is necessary.

Crockett Facilities Can Help!

Crockett Facilities Services, Inc. (CFSI) is committed to helping building owners, property managers, engineers, and facility professionals lower their operating expenses through HVAC preventive maintenance. We can develop a cost-effective, customized preventive maintenance plan for your commercial building that will provide you with peace of mind, improved comfort, and energy savings.

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