You must adequately maintain a clean HVAC system if you want your equipment to operate at an optimal peak. Besides increased unit performance, you will prevent upper respiratory conditions and allergies in your commercial property environment.
Research shows that indoor air could contain up to five times more contaminants than outdoor air. This may occur due to bacteria, cleaning products and dust. Read this quick guide for tips and tricks on how to keep your commercial HVAC unit clean.
Consider Regular Filter Replacement or Cleaning
Dirty and clogged filters cause your system to work harder, leading to higher energy costs and potential damage to the system. A dirty filter can also cause your air conditioner to freeze, incurring costly repairs.
To clean your filter, remove it from the unit, vacuum or wipe it appropriately and put it back into the HVAC unit. If the filter is visibly dirty or damaged, purchase a new one. Experts say replacing a clogged or dirty air conditioner filter can minimize energy consumption by up to 15%.
Clean or Replace Your Unit’s Ductwork
Ductwork distributes heated or cooled air throughout your commercial property. Over time, dust, debris, and other contaminants can build up inside the ducts. This reduces airflow and makes your HVAC system work harder to maintain the desired temperature.
Let an expert inspect and clean your ductwork for an optimally functioning unit. HVAC professionals use specialized equipment to remove dirt and debris build-up and check for leaks or duct damage. They seal gaps in the ductwork to enhance your HVAC system’s efficiency and prevent future build-up.
Maintain a Clean HVAC Unit with Humidity Control
Excess humidity leads to mold and mildew growth, causing health issues to your tenants. It can damage your property’s walls, ceilings, and furniture. High humidity levels make your premise feel warmer than it is, meaning your HVAC system will work harder than expected.
You can use a dehumidifier to control the humidity level in your commercial property. These devices remove excess moisture from the air. This reduces the risk of mold and mildew growth, improves indoor air quality and enhances comfort.
Clean Your Unit’s Exterior
Remove debris, such as grass clippings, twigs, and leaves, from your system’s exterior for free air circulation and improved efficiency. Check the fins, the thin metal blades that dissipate heat, and ensure they are clean. Bent fins can cause the unit to work harder and decrease its efficiency.
To clean the exterior, use a soft-bristled brush or a hose with a high-pressure nozzle to remove dirt or debris on the unit. Inspect the hoses and connections to confirm they are secure and leak-free.
Clean the HVAC Coils Regularly
The evaporator coils inside the air handler absorb heat from your property’s indoor air while those outside release the absorbed heat outside. Dust, dirt, and other debris can accumulate on these coils, reducing their ability to absorb and release heat. Clean them regularly to maximize your unit’s performance.
Maintain a Clean HVAC System with Sun Mechanical Systems
A clean HVAC system is vital for your tenant’s comfort and it should be a priority. For excellent results, it is best to work with a reputable HVAC maintenance crew. At Sun Mechanical Systems, we help you achieve your property’s heating and cooling goals. Contact us today for an inspection and customized recommendations.
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