Best Practices For Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

Best Practices for Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

by | Commercial HVAC, Energy Efficiency, Facility Maintenance, Facility Management

Did you know that the cleanliness of your air ducts will affect how much your business is paying in utility bills? You might be surprised to learn that commercial air duct cleaning can be an effective way to manage utility costs.

If the air ducts are clogged with debris and dirt, then the HVAC system needs to work harder than normal to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.

In fact, the US Department of Energy has reported that between 25 – 40% of the energy used for cooling and heating is wasted as a result of dirty air ducts.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Commercial HVAC DuctworkCommercial air duct cleaning is a service for forced-air HVAC systems. This thorough cleaning removes particles, mold, and buildup that collects throughout the system. Not only are the visible parts cleaned, but a professional commercial air duct cleaning company can reach all components of the system:

  • Motor and fan housing
  • Supply and return air ducts
  • Diffusers and grilles
  • Drain or drip pans
  • Heat exchangers
  • Cooling and heating coils
  • Unit housing
  • Internal air ducts

When hiring a mechanical service provider for air duct cleaning, make sure they offer a comprehensive package that cleans all system components.

Why Should You Clean Your Air Duct?

Even though you can’t see the dirt and grime that builds up in the air ducts, you are breathing airborne particles that are pushed through the forced air system.

These cleaning services are especially important for people with allergies or health sensitivities.  And, in a commercial building, customers are bound to have these health issues, as well as employees.

Clearing the forced air system of buildup and dirt can be beneficial to reduce indoor air pollution. Additionally, cleaning an HVAC system improves the efficiency, effectiveness, and performance of the system. Specialized tools can be used to dislodge debris and dirt, which are then sucked out of the system with a high-powered vacuum.

How Often Do Air Ducts Need to be Cleaned?

Maintaining clean air in your commercial building is an important step in managing a healthy work environment for employees. The frequency of commercial air duct cleaning depends on the conditions of the building. Without a conversation with an experienced mechanical contractor cleaning team, it’s difficult to provide individual recommendations regarding the schedule you should follow for air duct cleaning.

As a general rule of thumb, the full ductwork and air handling unit should be cleaned and inspected once a year for industrial, commercial, and healthcare buildings.

But it’s smart to talk to your commercial HVAC provider to determine if unique circumstances merit a custom cleaning schedule.

Tips for Finding the Right Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Company

Every building is unique, which is why it is important that you talk to a professional HVAC contractor to determine the specific services that are required for your system.

When hiring a mechanical service provider, always research the company’s reputation and history. Also, ask for details about training, certifications, insurance, and more.

At CMI Mechanical, we offer quality commercial air duct cleaning, as well as a range of other services for your office, business building, restaurant or multi-site retail stores.

We are happy to schedule an air duct cleaning time at your convenience. Contact us to learn more about the services that are offered for your commercial HVAC system.

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