More than 50 million Americans suffer each year from allergies, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI). While allergies can have a variety of causes, one of the most common is household allergens. When these different allergens get into a commercial HVAC system, it can cause many irritants for those in the building.
From dust mites to pollen, these allergies can build up in homes and buildings causing a slew of uncomfortable symptoms in unexpecting victims. While there is no way to banish all allergens, you can keep them out of your commercial building. Regular maintenance of your commercial HVAC system can help ensure that you do not suffer from the symptoms of allergies.
If you are looking to allergy-proof your building, take a closer look at your heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Here are just a few simple practices you should implement in your building to improve air quality.
Practices to Implement
Allergens can be a nightmare, causing symptoms like congestion, coughing and itchy, watery eyes. If the problem is not promptly remedied, these symptoms can linger and become nearly unbearable. Fortunately, a commercial HVAC system has the power to filter out harmful allergens to alleviate common allergy symptoms.
There are several ways that an HVAC system can reduce allergies. First, a commercial HVAC system can help combat humidity. When there is low humidity in a building, mold growth can develop. Air conditioning can be highly effective at reducing indoor humidity.
If you have not had the air ducts in your building cleaned in a while, consider scheduling a detailed vent cleaning. With less dirt, dust and allergens in the ducts, the air becomes cleaner which can help drastically cut down on allergies.
1. Clean or Replace Filters
HVAC filters play a direct role in your system’s ability to keep harmful allergens out of the air. It is the job of your commercial air conditioning unit and furnace to block harmful particles from entering the building. Filters can catch all types of things, such as pet dander, dust, pollen, bacteria, viruses, chemical fumes, cigarette smoke and various other pollutants and contaminants.
One of the easiest ways to keep your commercial HVAC system running efficiently while also filtering out the greatest number of allergens is to simply replace the filters. Many filters are disposable, meaning you discard them after a couple of months. You can also purchase filters that can be cleaned and reused which can be cost efficient.
If you struggle with allergy problems even after having your HVAC system serviced, consider upgrading to HEPA filters. Standard filters are effective at removing regular dirt, dust and debris from the air; however, they are not always strong enough to trap smaller allergens. This is where HEPA filters can be useful. HEPA filters are typically constructed of glass fibers that are formed into pleats which help trap up to 99 percent of dust, pollen and smoke. You can find them in different ratings with higher ratings being more effective.
2. Regularly Run HVAC Unit to Circulate Air
Over time, the air in a building can become stagnant. This can be caused by improper humidity levels and other problems like poor air circulation. Stagnant air can contribute to the worsening of allergy symptoms and can harbor various bacteria and viruses that can lead to illnesses. If the air in your building feels stuffy, there is an easy fix.
Run your HVAC system on a regular basis to help circulate air and encourage polluted air in the building to filter through the system. Your HVAC system does not need to run long to be effective. Even 20 minutes can make a difference in the freshness of the air. To make this process easier, install a programmable timer and have the HVAC system automatically turn on at certain times of the day.
3. Schedule Annual Maintenance
You probably already know how important it is to have your commercial HVAC system serviced on a regular basis to extend the lifespan of your units. However, what many people do not know is that regular maintenance can also help keep allergens in a building to a minimum by ensuring that pollutants are getting filtered out of the air without disruption from broken or malfunctioning components.
Ideally, you want to have your commercial HVAC system inspected at least once a year. During an inspection, the contractor will check to make sure that the units are not making any unusual noises or emitting troublesome odors. If needed, the HVAC system will be cleaned to prevent a buildup of dirt, dust and debris. Depending on the size of the building and similar factors, maintenance may need to be performed more frequently than once a year.
Contact the Commercial HVAC Professionals
Don’t let allergies overrun your commercial HVAC system. Fight back and keep the allergens at bay! To get started allergy-proofing your commercial HVAC system, schedule service with an HVAC expert at Cool Works Co.