Cleaning Your HVAC Ducts Can Make Employees Healthier and Reduce Sick Days

Employers want their workers to be at their jobs every day and able to focus and be productive. When employees call in sick often, it hurts productivity and can lead to lost wages and revenue for the company.

Employees can become ill for many reasons. Some, such as colds and the flu, are viruses they may catch outside of work. In other cases, the cause of the illness may be found in the building where employees work. Modern buildings are more energy-efficient than ever. This reduces heating and cooling bills, but it can also contribute to poor air quality because less outside air enters the building.

What Is Sick Office Syndrome?

Sick Office Syndrome is a situation in which people feel sick when they are inside a building at work and then feel better as soon as they leave. This is due to poor indoor air quality in the office building.

Sick Office Syndrome can be caused by dirt, dust, mold, bacteria, and viruses in the environment that are spread through the HVAC system. Employees cannot escape all of these irritants and allergens when they are working and may experience respiratory problems, headaches, and fatigue. Symptoms can be even worse for workers who have asthma or allergies.

Owners and managers can also get sick, which can affect their ability to lead the company. Lost work days caused by poor indoor air quality cost businesses billions of dollars every year.

Have Your HVAC Ducts Cleaned to Create a Healthier Work Environment

If your employees are calling in sick a lot, it could be because poor indoor air quality is making them ill. In addition to creating an unpleasant working environment, poor air quality can lead to lost money for your company. If you think the indoor air quality may be making your employees sick, you should have the HVAC ducts at your business cleaned to remove mold, dust, dirt, and other irritants.

Preferred Hood & Duct serves businesses all over Connecticut. We can clean your HVAC ducts to remove allergens and irritants and improve your indoor air quality. This can result in a healthier environment, fewer sick days, and improved productivity. Contact Preferred Hood & Duct today to schedule an appointment for duct cleaning.

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Signs That Your Commercial HVAC System’s Insulation Needs to Be Replaced

The HVAC system in your commercial building should be well insulated. Over time, insulation can become worn out or damaged. When that happens, it should be replaced in order for the HVAC system to continue to function as it should. Here are some signs that your insulation is damaged or worn out and needs to be replaced.

Problems You Can See

  • A common problem is that insulation gets detached from where it is supposed to be. That makes it completely ineffective.
  • Another common issue is holes or tears in the insulation’s backing material. That needs to be repaired as soon as possible.
  • You may notice large tears in the insulation. This can indicate that it was damaged by an accident, such as an impact.
  • Sometimes insulation drops or scatters pieces on the floor below it. This is a sign that the insulation needs to be replaced.
  • Insulation can also become discolored. If you notice discoloration or stains on your HVAC system’s insulation, you should have it replaced.
  • Moisture is a frequent problem that affects HVAC system insulation. After an overflow, water can pool or collect behind insulation. You can tell that you have a moisture problem if you see leaks, stains, or damage on the outside of the ducts.
  • Mold can cause damage to insulation. If you notice signs of mold, you need to get it treated before it gets worse and begins to affect people’s health.

Problems You Can Smell or Hear

  • Damaged insulation can release particles that were trapped behind it. This can cause you to suddenly notice a musty or mildew smell.
  • You may also be able to hear evidence of problems with your insulation. If the insulation is damaged, you may hear whistling or creaking sounds coming from the ductwork. You should have it inspected.

Contact Preferred Hood & Duct to Have Your HVAC Insulation Inspected

If you notice any of these signs that your HVAC system’s insulation is damaged, you should have it replaced. Preferred Hood & Duct serves business owners all over Connecticut. We can inspect your insulation and replace it if necessary. Contact Preferred Hood & Duct today to schedule an inspection.

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HVAC Duct Insulation Services CT

HVAC duct insulationThe air ducts in your home form a network in the walls, floors, and ceilings. HVAC ducts can be made of fiberglass, sheet metal, or other materials. They deliver warm air from the furnace and cool air from a central air conditioning system throughout the house.

If the HVAC ducts are not sealed and insulated properly, air can leak into unconditioned spaces, such as garages, attics, and crawl spaces. If a duct leaks, warm or cool air can be lost. Unsealed joints can also drain unconditioned air to return ducts. This can lead to higher energy bills. Insulating ducts in unconditioned spaces is a cost-effective solution.

When building a new home or retrofitting an existing one, it is important that ducts be designed correctly. Ducts that are efficient and well-designed can distribute heated or cooled air throughout the house and maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature.

Some ducts that are sealed and insulated can still lose some heat. For that reason, many newly constructed energy-efficient houses have ducts in conditioned spaces, such as dropped ceilings and corners of rooms. Another option is to put ducts in a sealed and insulated chase that runs into the attic or is built into a raised floor. The duct chase cannot be used for utilities. Chases and floor cavities should not be used as ducts; actual ducts need to be used. Ducts should be well sealed, no matter where they are installed.

If your heating and cooling bills are higher than you would like, it could be because your heating and cooling ducts are not properly insulated. Insulating HVAC ducts can prevent the loss of heated and cooled air and keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round. Preferred Hood & Duct can insulate your HVAC ducts to make your home more energy-efficient. Contact us today to schedule a home inspection.

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