When you own a commercial building, there are a lot of maintenance issues to juggle, from making sure the roof is water-tight, to ensuring that the parking lot is plowed and sanded during the long winter months we experience in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
One thing that you may overlook while maintaining your building is keeping up with the cleaning and maintenance of your air ducts. Air ducts sometimes don’t get the proper attention they need because they aren’t as noticeable as a snow-covered parking lot. However, just because you can’t see a problem doesn’t mean there isn’t one.
Dirt, allergens like dust and mold, and other debris gradually collect in your air ducts and HVAC system over time. This is especially true in areas where the temperature fluctuates quite a bit from season to season, like New England. If your air ducts aren’t regularly cleaned, then the air quality within your building could start to suffer. It could also begin to cause health problems, especially for people with asthma or prone to allergies. Mold can even develop in air ducts if left untreated.
These problems could eventually lead to what’s known as “sick building syndrome.” This is a condition where the occupants in a commercial building suffer from acute health problems that are not necessarily tied to a diagnosable disease. However, the impact on their health (and productivity) are very real. One of the most common causes? You guessed it, dirty air ducts and the building’s HVAC system.
Not only can dirty air ducts cause health issues, they can also cost you money. That’s because air pollutants trapped in your air ducts will require the HVAC system to work harder to heat and cool your building, resulting in a bigger energy bill.
Ideally, you should have your air ducts cleaned at least once a year. However, this isn’t a job you should try to tackle yourself. To make sure it’s done right, it’s a good idea to hire professionals, like the team at Octagon Cleaning & Restoration.
At Octagon, we perform what’s known as source-removal duct cleaning. To perform the cleaning, we use a high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filtrated vacuum system. It works by placing the duct system under negative pressure.
This technically-advanced vacuum system then collects any contaminants and other debris in your air duct system through a push / pull effect. The debris and contaminants from your air ducts are then safely vented out to our trailer-mounted vacuum system outside. This means you don’t have to worry about any of the contaminants getting into the air in your commercial building. Our cleaning professionals even come equipped with portable machines to get any hard-to-reach areas. Once our trained technicians are done cleaning the air ducts, they vent HEPA-filtered air back into your building.
Does your commercial building need an air duct cleaning? Call the experts at Octagon Cleaning & Restoration today!