Why should a facility have a clean HVAC system and ductwork? The answer is a simple one: to increase the ambient air quality and decrease your energy bill. And now is the time to have your HVAC system cleaned before cold weather returns.
Clean Means More Energy
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling is wasted.” Over a period of time, duct work accumulates dust and dirt and the HVAC system circulates these contaminants. The entire system becomes bogged down, causing it to work harder. Not only is the air quality threatened, but the life of your HVAC system is shortened. When the ductwork and HVAC systems in your facilities are clean, there is less stress—on the system and your heating and cooling budget.
Indoor Air Quality- It’s That Important
The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) of your building affects a person’s health, comfort, and greatly impacts workplace productivity. There are consequences in ignoring or delaying your response to being Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) compliant. Contaminated products, sick employees, OSHA citations and hefty fines that are serious and detrimental to everyone.
In addition to OSHA, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have clean ductwork and clean air standards. NADCA has issued its Standard for Assessment, Cleaning & Restoration of HVAC Systems which is internationally recognized as the industry standard for HVAC cleaning and restoration. According to studies by the EPA, a buildup of just 0.42″ of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21%.
Employers are required to follow the General Duty Clause of the OSHAct, which requires them to provide workers “with a safe workplace that does not have any known hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious injury.” Facility managers should be reasonably aware of the possible sources of poor air quality, and should mitigate any potential IAQ workplace hazards.
The First and Best Step to Take
To improve the air quality in your facility, have a certified professional clean the HVAC system and ductwork. This will remove any contaminants and allergens out of the indoor air. The cleaning process should include the entire HVAC system—from the point of air entry to air exit. This includes grilles and registers, reheat coils, mixing boxes, VAV boxes, air handling units (AHU), and other terminal boxes found in commercial HVAC systems.
A healthy IAQ is important for many reasons. Having a cleaner, more energy-efficient HVAC system and ductwork is the first and best step to take!
Hughes Environmental is a member of NADCA whose OSHA-trained technicians are experienced to meet your facility’s safety requirements. Hughes Environmental has performed thousands of HVAC systems cleaning projects in all kinds of facilities. Whether your building is a manufacturing facility, a university, school, hospital, or office building, Hughes can help you breathe easier with commercial duct cleaning.
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