Take a moment to imagine what it would be like if your building was full of smoke: it would be hard to see, hard to breathe, and all of your tenants would start to panic. Smoke is one of the many pollutants that can be pushed out by high-quality ventilation systems. In other words, your building’s ventilation capabilities contribute to overall levels of indoor air quality. Let’s look at some other ways it can affect you.
The Basics of Ventilation
A commercial HVAC system is supposed to have multiple functions. Besides providing heating and cooling (the H and AC components) it should also provide an adequate amount of ventilation (the V). Getting rid of humidity and moisture is one way that ventilation can improve the indoor air quality and overall comfort of your building.
Now let’s look at the merits of mechanical ventilation. All modern homes and businesses need to have this innovation available to help enhance their environment and building envelopes. This equipment gives you more control: control over when the air comes in, where it goes, and how much air comes in or goes out. Ducts and fans are used to pull in the fresh air and distribute it, while also being used in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms to push out bad odors.
There are two main benefits to discuss: the ability to control the amount of fresh air and the ability to control the source of where the fresh air comes from. Too much air coming in probably doesn’t sound like a problem at first, but it can be. That’s because it can create an imbalance if there isn’t enough stale air going out. Air balance problems come about from poorly ventilated spaces, so don’t let these issues happen to your building. Also, depending on where your building is located, you might want to control where the source of your fresh air is. The intakes can be aimed towards an open field while the exhaust vents can be oriented towards neighboring buildings, but be careful, because you don’t want the same odors you are expelling to affect customers, guests, or employees before they can enter your building.
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