When you are a building manager or commercial property owner, you are obligated to look after the safety and health of your employees and your visitors. In this blog, we’ll examine some common HVAC system problems that can affect your employees’ performance, and how to resolve them.
HVAC System Problem 1: Airflow That is Inconsistent
How can you tell if airflow is inconsistent? If there are some areas of your building in which the temperatures are drastically different. What can cause inconsistent temperature distributions? One such cause is ductwork cracking. If ductwork cracks, some parts of the building will be warmer than others.
Another unpleasant side effect of this common problem is that cracked ductwork can leak fiberglass used for insulation. The tiny particles of leaked fiberglass are sent into the building airstream. Inhaling fiberglass particles can trigger respiratory issues. When these particles penetrate the electrical parts of your HVAC system, unexpected breakdowns can occur. Call on experienced professionals to find these leaks and patch them up accordingly.
HVAC System Problem 2: Unhealthy IAQ
Unhealthy IAQ, or indoor air quality, is another one of the most common HVAC system problems. Of course, fiberglass leaking into the airstream can contribute to this particular problem. What else can contribute to this problem? If air filters need to be replaced, or if a potential undetected gas leak is present. Unpleasant odors, possibly caused by filthy air filters, overheated components, or standing water, are another possible cause.
HVAC System Problem 3: System Capacity is Too Low or Too High
System capacity is the third of the most common HVAC system problems affecting your employees. If system capacity is too low or too high, indoor air quality will suffer. Be sure to choose a system that has the sufficient capacity for the size of your building.
System capacity also refers to the ability to distribute and regulate airflow throughout the building. If the system is too small for the building, it will be ineffective, producing insufficient airflow. Similarly, if the system is too large for the building, it will produce excessive airflow instead. Inadequate ventilation can make a room stifling, while disproportionate amounts of airflow can create uncomfortably windy conditions inside.
SOURCE :: Crockett Facility Services