HVAC System Cleaning: Banish These 5 Nasty Things From Your AC
Michael C. Rosone •
It’s easy to stay vigilant about keeping your office or apartment building clean when having a neat space means making a good impression. But what about a mess you can’t see that’s lurking inside your ac cleaning system? That kind of grime can do more than make a poor impression; it can lead to health problems. That’s just one reason why HVAC system cleaning is so important.
Case in point: in 2015, New York City was affected by health scare known as Legionnaires’ disease. This dangerous sickness was reported in certain large buildings and offices, and was eventually linked back to contaminated HVAC water cooling towers. Since then, legislation has been introduced to keep water cooling towers clean and prevent further infections. This situation goes to show that it’s not just fear mongering; HVAC system cleaning is a vital part of keeping your space healthy.
(Check out these articles here to learn more: Making Sense of NYC’s New Cooling Tower Regulations and HVAC Cooling Tower Maintenance Checklist )
Read on to learn about 5 nasty things that could be lurking in your AC, and the steps you can take to get a clean HVAC system.
- Chemicals and VOCs
There are many things within your average office building that emit chemicals, known as VOCs, that can impact health.
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are gases emitted by a variety of building materials. VOCs include ozone and formaldehyde. While naturally occurring in the upper levels of the atmosphere, ozone is harmful to breathe. Ozone can be emitted by office supplies such as:
Formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds are emitted by:
Most emitted chemicals are not a cause for concern in low doses, but can become dangerous in high concentrations. Chemicals accumulate in poorly ventilated and sealed-off buildings, causing the concentration in the air to increase.
VOCs can be as much as ten times more concentrated inside than outside, according to the EPA. This is all the more reason to remember that HVAC system cleaning takes care of more than just your AC. It’s vitally important for maintaining good indoor air quality.
Getting HVAC system cleaning could mean the difference between a healthy work environment and a dangerous one. Conditions like poor ventilation and high humidity can worsen the affect of chemicals trapped in the air. Get rid of these chemicals by making sure your HVAC system can properly ventilate the building.
- Bacteria and viruses
Did you know that office buildings can spread more illnesses than just the Monday blues? Anything nasty that gets in your air conditioner can quickly spread in the air throughout the building. This can lead to what’s called Sick Building Syndrome; when your building is sick, then everyone in it could get sick.
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Once bacteria or viruses contaminate your AC system, they can quickly spread throughout the building (via your ductwork) along with the cool air. HVAC system cleaning, especially cleaning the ductwork, will remove contamination sources that have accumulated in your system.