Even after you have alleviated the symptoms of sick building syndrome, there are still more challenges ahead. For instance, maintaining the indoor air quality of your facility is an ongoing struggle. Fortunately, you can stay one step ahead of the microscopic particles that threaten to make everyone under your roof feel miserable. Here is a better look at the types of HVAC contaminants and what you must do to eliminate them.
How Does the HVAC Unit Become Polluted?
Let’s talk about how your HVAC unit becomes contaminated in the first place. The main culprit, in most cases, is simple human negligence. The heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems under your watch are machines. As such, they need to be maintained from time to time. Otherwise, they won’t run at peak performance, which could lead to downtime and hurts your company’s bottom line. Infiltration by pests such as rodents and cockroaches could lead to a buildup of their droppings.
Factories and laboratories have another problem to handle: the possibility of chemical spills and hazardous waste mishaps. Airborne pollution from external sources, such as highway accidents, smog, and fires can turn into IAQ issues for you and everyone in your building. Likewise, extreme weather conditions, natural disasters, and criminal or terrorist acts could threaten your building’s infrastructure.
Prioritize Timely Preventative Maintenance
You’ve got to get your HVAC system cleaned up and repaired when necessary. After all, that is the most effective way to remove contaminants. The PM contract is one of the most important agreements you will ever make for your business. It will facilitate upkeep for equipment, filters, ductwork, grates, controls, and gas leak sensors.
Focus on Better Filtration and IAQ Testing
High-efficiency filters are another worthwhile investment. These filters catch particles and particulate matter, but they need to be changed more often to ensure maximum coverage. Meanwhile, IAQ monitors can make a massive difference. Such devices are equipped with alarms that will alert you to hazardous conditions caused by toxic materials in the air – namely carbon monoxide and VOCs.
Redesign Ventilation System Configurations
In some cases, you’ll need to overhaul your ventilation systems. The current configuration might not work as well as it used to before. Good ventilation goes a long way towards healthy airflow. With the height of summer approaching, you’ll want everyone to breathe a little bit easier.
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