As the summer heat begins to become our norm for the season, we will start depending more and more on our air conditioning systems to keep us cool. To allow our AC units to work efficiently, a little bit of preventative maintenance can go a long way.
What Does Commercial HVAC Cleaning Consist Of?
How long the process takes will depend upon the size of your facility’s HVAC system and the number of units. A combination of visual and/or camera-based inspections and pressure drop readings will be used to assess the air conditioning coil status and the best cleaning method. This inspection will also reveal any damage or elements that need repair.
Cleaning the air conditioning unit will vary based on:
- The type of unit
- How long it has been since its last cleaning
- Variations in weather and air pollution.
A great deal of dirt, pollen, particles, and more can build up, much like the lint trap in a dryer. Industrial-strength cleaners in the form of spray, pour, and/or foam products are used to dissolve particles and remove mold and allergens. Specialized pressurized sprayers may also be used on external components.
How Often Should Commercial HVAC Systems Be Cleaned?
General maintenance should be done annually, at the absolute minimum. However, to ensure optimum efficiency, it’s recommended to have your HVAC system cleaned twice a year in spring and fall. Quarterly cleaning is often suggested for certain commercial HVAC systems as well.
For commercial HVAC duct cleaning, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends that HVAC air ducts be cleaned every three to five years for office buildings, malls, schools, and most commercial properties. Hospitals, nursing homes, rehab, and assisted living facilities should have it done more frequently.
Why Is Regular Commercial HVAC Cleaning So Important?
- Improved equipment longevity
- Better system efficiency
- Less system repair/downtime
Do Air Ducts Need to Be Sanitized?
According to a report from the EPA, “Duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. Neither do studies conclusively demonstrate that particle (e.g., dust) levels in homes increase because of dirty air ducts. This is because much of the dirt in air ducts adheres to duct surfaces and does not necessarily enter the living space.”
You should consider professional duct cleaning if there is visible evidence of substantial mold growth, heavy deposits of dust or debris, or evidence of rodent or insect infestation.
Contact Henick-Lane for All Your Commercial HVAC Needs
As experts in commercial HVAC projects for more than five decades, Henick-Lane specializes in providing practical, affordable solutions for all types of high-rise and commercial buildings. We can custom design an HVAC preventative maintenance schedule that will keep your tenants comfortable and satisfied. If your building requires service or an upgrade, give us a call at (718) -768-7277 or fill out our online contact form.