Marine air duct cleaning professionals want to expand upon our overview of IAQ (indoor air quality) and the workplace. It’s important to remember that whether your facility is using outside or re-circulated air, filtration is the key to healthy lungs and labor.
Every HVAC system has a recommended filtration process to maximize cleanliness and efficiency in distribution. The type of filter you need depends upon the design and size of the HVAC system, as well as the particular layout, number, and length of ducts attached.
Having the right filter is only one part of a three phase process, however, and phase two is making sure that the filter is either cleaned or replaced on a regular and consistent basis.
Each filter type, whether reusable or disposable, has a different recommended life span before it should be replaced, but keep in mind that if you work in the industrial, fabrication, or refinery realm, then your rules of replacement should be much more frequent and based largely upon the overall appearance of the filter during regular maintenance checks. (By the way, you should be doing regular maintenance checks on the filters—that’s also phase 2!)
Phase 3 of your ideal IAQ strategy is having the entire HVAC system cleaned by a licensed IAQ specialist on a regular basis, no less than once a year, but definitely more if your production involves heavy machinery, oils, grease, chemicals, or simply large amounts of manpower packed into one enclosed space.
Having your system cleaned quarterly by a licensed professional is a great way for any industrial business to promote safety and health in the workplace, and trust us when we say that your employees will notice the difference, and you will notice a difference in your employees, especially if they have been around a few other facilities in the past... Since phase 3 is so important, it’s equally important to distinguish between an average air duct cleaning and a licensed and certified IAQ Specialist’s protocol for HVAC cleaning and maintenance.
While anyone with a big enough engine and some simple engineering skills can put together a vacuum powerful enough to suck loose contaminants out of your air ducts, there are a few extra steps, components, and equipment that a licensed IAQ contractor, preferably one with extensive experience in mold remediation and environmental hygiene, will use to ensure that your facility’s air ducts are not only cleaned but disinfected, down to the micron.
When a company like ECS is given the maintenance contract for a facility’s HVAC system, each scheduled cleaning consists of a series of steps taken in the right order to ensure that the air flowing through the system the day after the job is done is the cleanest possible air that could ever flow through that particular environment, and we can even help you to coordinate the air and surface sample tests to prove it!
In many cases, ECS will work in conjunction with an independent IAQ specialist or environmental hygienist who collects samples of the IAQ levels in a building both before and after the work is done, first to determine the precise amount and makeup of contaminants in the air and to determine the best treatment protocols, and secondly to ensure that the work was completed and that the quality of the air has been restored back to safe and healthy levels.
These test results can also be extremely helpful when conducted in different areas, as they may lead to unknown sources of air pollution, such as mold damage hidden behind a wall or closet door. Often times, our willingness to work with and also serve outside IAQ consultants has given us a clear advantage over our competitors in providing clear and healthy air to our customers, and our test results have shown what our own results will say for themselves. We look forward to helping your business through each phase of the filtering process, whether it’s the air you breathe or the name you can trust to keep it clean!
Written by freelance author, Nathan Folse