While all HVAC systems work using the same principles, there are challenges that are unique to commercial properties. In this blog, HVAC repair contractor Dittmer Air and Heat takes a look at these unique challenges.
Cold Air Sinks — Warm air rises, while cool air sinks. In large rooms, cool air from vents tends to stay near the floor instead of circulating throughout the room. This is even more evident in large rooms within commercial properties, and often results in “cold pockets,” or spots in the room that are colder than others.
Insufficient Airflow — As described above, observing proper airflow is an important aspect of HVAC maintenance. In addition to maintaining consistent indoor temperatures, good airflow also helps control relative indoor humidity, improve HVAC efficiency and ensure comfort for the occupants. Therefore, it’s important to take steps to improve airflow within the rooms. First of all, vents connected to the HVAC system shouldn’t be obstructed by furniture or office decor. It’s also essential to make sure filters are checked regularly and replaced as needed. The right combination of fans, blowers and furniture or partition placement can help distribute cool air throughout the room.
Susceptibility to Sick Building Syndrome — Large facilities house many people who share the same air. If someone comes in with something contagious containing pathogens—the particles that cause disease—stopping its spread can be extremely difficult. This makes commercial spaces more susceptible to sick building syndrome (SBS), which occurs when a significant number of people get sick at the same time. Installing air filters that have the highest MERV rating recommended by the manufacturer can help reduce pathogens in the air.
Vulnerability to Air Leaks — Air leaks are hard to detect in large spaces. HVAC inspections usually take longer and require more work. and in some cases such problems go unnoticed until they become bigger and more apparent. Your trusted HVAC contractor can help make sure that air leaks, as well as the other challenges we listed, are addressed.
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