Given that heating and cooling costs account for a large proportion of a building’s monthly operating expenses, it’s not surprising that a lot of commercial building owners focus on energy efficiency. The problem is, keeping buildings sealed up to improve energy efficiency results, at times, in a building’s indoor ventilation being neglected.
Ventilation also plays an important role in improving your building’s energy efficiency and indoor comfort. The HVAC repair experts at Dittmer Air and Heat elaborate further on the importance of adequate ventilation in a commercial building below:
Indoor Air Quality and Health
Stagnant indoor air can contain many indoor pollutants, including mold, paint, chemicals from cleaning products and other irritants. In fact, studies have found that the air quality inside a commercial building can be worse than 5hat of the air outside it. Adequate ventilation ensures stagnant indoor air and indoor pollutants are circulated out of the building while fresh air enters the building, reducing the risk of triggering allergies and aggravating respiratory conditions among tenants and employees.
Preventing Moisture Damage
Moisture is also circulated out of the building through the vents, reducing the risk of mold formation and wood rot.
Indoor Comfort & Office Productivity
In a crowded office, the air can get hot and stuffy quickly. One way of regulating the temperature in an office is to ensure that there’s adequate airflow. Cool air from the HVAC system can be distributed more efficiently throughout the building if the ductwork is free of debris and there are enough vents inside. Remember: HVAC systems and ventilation always go hand-in-hand. You can also improve energy efficiency by scheduling routine HVAC maintenance.
A ventilation system is essential to workplace safety for more than just practical benefits. In the event that there’s combustion inside the building, smoke will be vented out via the fans and ductwork. Consult your local HVAC technician to learn more about how to improve indoor ventilation.
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