A properly-designed, well-maintained HVAC system can improve your building’s indoor air quality and comfort. On the other hand, a poorly-maintained heating and cooling system can negatively affect indoor air quality.
Learn ways your HVAC system can cause indoor air quality issues from a trusted air conditioning and heating repair expert.
Many air conditioning systems are only controlled based on temperature. A unit that’s too big quickly reaches the desired temperature, and while this might seem like a good thing, it doesn’t leave enough time to effectively remove humidity. Low temperature and high humidity can be uncomfortable for occupants, and for commercial buildings, this can affect productivity and even cause health issues.
Air Is Blown at Excessively High Speeds
Temperature, humidity and air speed are contributing factors to thermal sensation. When air moves too fast, the result is an uncomfortable environment and very cold air. Oversized fans or excessive air duct pressure will usually create a drafty environment.
Extreme Temperature Changes
Oversized central heat and air systems can cause drastic changes in air temperature. Oversizing can result in fluctuating temperatures, drafty indoor conditions and poor humidity control. These can all affect the comfort and health of building occupants.
Unpleasant Odors from Air Ducts
Moisture accumulation inside an air-handling unit can result in mold growth. In addition, a small animal can enter improperly- sealed air ducts and die there, causing a foul odor to emanate from the ducts. Bad smells can also be caused by leaky air ducts or faulty connections between ducts and HVAC equipment.
Sickness Within the Building
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) refers to instances where building occupants experience health issues in direct proportion to the amount of time spent in the building. However, it doesn’t pertain to specific diseases, but rather to poor health conditions such as allergies and headaches among occupants. Humidity, the presence of harmful microorganisms or bacteria, insufficient fresh air and inadequate temperatures can all influence SBS.
Whether you need an air conditioner or furnace replacement, M & M Heating & Air Conditioning Service Co. is here to help. We’re your leading provider of heating and air conditioning services. Call us at (209) 952-6580 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.