While everyone knows that air duct and vent cleaning is a necessary part of every homeowner’s maintenance schedule, many business owners and building managers neglect to have the ducts cleaned in their commercial structure. There are many reasons why this might be a case, from ignorance to stinginess, but the fact remains that every building needs its ducts cleaned at some point. Remember: just because the interior of a building’s ducts are out of sight doesn’t mean it’s okay to leave them out of mind. This is especially true in Monterey, with cold winters and hot summers that make for well-worked HVAC systems.
Why Should Air Ducts Be Cleaned?
Over time, dust and other pollutants build up in air ducts. Ultimately your ducts will end up recirculating these contaminants with the air, reducing indoor air quality and posing a potential health risk to anyone who spends a substantial amount of time in the building. For commercial buildings like warehouses, factories, office buildings, and others this means one more hazard for employees to worry about. It can also mean productivity lost to workers sick from poor air quality – as much as $60 billion worth of productivity according to the EPA.
In many industrial environments, accumulated dust in air ducts can also pose a fire hazard. You don’t have to be an HVAC
expert to know that a lot of dust with a direct path to a furnace or other heat source could conceivably catch on fire! Proper cleaning reduces the risk of combustion in air ducts, protecting lives, livelihoods, and property.
Finally, properly cleaned commercial air ducts can also save money. Accumulated dust makes furnaces, air conditioners, and other HVAC systems work harder. This increases energy consumption and energy spending. (In our opinion, saving money on heating and cooling shouldn’t be something anyone sold on.)
How Often Should Air Ducts in Commercial Buildings Be Cleaned?
Required frequency of cleanings will depend on a number of factors, including how heavily used the HVAC system is and what kind of airborne contaminants are present inside. Have your ducts inspected regularly by a qualified duct cleaning professional, annually or so at first. Eventually an appropriate frequency can be established.
Contact Preferred HD in Monterey for a commercial air duct inspection and service quote.