3 Surprising Things HVAC Systems Protect You From
Indoor air quality is important, especially when it strongly effects health, well being, and productivity. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that indoor air quality can be 2 to 5 times more polluted that outside. Commercial HVAC systems are important to protecting and maintaining indoor air quality. This is true even in North Carolina.
In North Carolina you may well first think of allergens like pollen and dust. However, HVAC systems are important to protect beyond the dust, mites, and dander allergies. HVAC systems are also your first line protection from chemical pollutants, air-borne diseases and even pests.
HVAC Systems Protect from Chemical Pollutants
Indoor air pollutants are generally invisible. Nonetheless, indoor chemical pollutants and poisons are rampant. These include carbon monoxide, pesiticides, benzenes, cigarettes, cleaning products, plastics, formaldehyde in carpet and furniture, vapors from paints and wood. Building occupants can experience dizziness, rashes, throat irritation, and headaches. Long term effects can be as hazardous as cancer. Proper ventilation and suitable filters are essential to cleaning the air and getting these chemicals out of the air you breathe.
HVAC Systems Protect from Mold, Bacteria and Viruses
North Carolina knows humidity. Humidity knows disease. Proper HVAC maintenance is important for a clean, ventilated and controlled environment to keep mold, bacteria and viruses from growing and spreading. This is even more important in hospitals or buildings with high occupancy, like universities. Condensation, buildup, and leaks, combined with humidity and pathogens can create an invisible reservoir of disease. Properly maintained HVAC systems are essential to protect from mold, bacteria and viruses.
HVAC Systems Protect from Pests
Something we do not always think about when it comes to HVAC systems are pests. Roaches, ants, spiders, squirrels, mice, and even raccoons can easily find their way into your ventilation system. Pests then can use ventilation systems to nest, grow and infest other areas. Pests are annoying and can spread disease. They also damage and clog HVAC systems. Regular cleaning can get them out without the use of chemicals before they become a bigger problem. HVAC technicians can assess entry points, check air duct seals, and prevent infestations and damages.
As you can see, your HVAC system and technicians are hard at work. HVAC not only maintains the temperature and humidity of your working environment and equipment, but also works to protect from chemical pollutants, mold, bacteria and viruses, and pests. Thus, taking care of your HVAC system is taking care of your business, employees and all those who use your facilities.