When one thinks of the health and wellness of a company’s employees, the quality of air may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Your HVAC system, however, can dramatically impact your employee’s health, productivity, and overall comfort. Low quality air can lead to a poor working environment, and your HVAC system may be the culprit. An HVAC system that is not well maintained can cause unpleasant odors in the air, a work environment that is either too hot or too cold, and even cause respiratory issues.
Your HVAC system must be well-maintained and function properly in order to avoid this. Here are some of the common problems with HVAC systems that can negatively affect your employees work environment.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
There are a variety of reasons that can cause poor indoor air quality in a work environment. It could be something as simple as a dirty air filter, or something more serious like defective components. Pools of stagnant water, dirty filters or coils have all been known to contribute to poor indoor air quality. Having a professional HVAC company monitor and maintain your system on a regular basis will allow you to avoid these pitfalls.
Undersized HVAC System
We see this one a lot. HVAC systems that are too small in capacity can cause airflow and comfort problems for your employees. Sometimes it can be the wrong HVAC system installed for the building from the get go, or perhaps the building has expanded in size through renovations and additions. An undersized HVAC system must operate at its maximum capacity to produce airflow which is often insufficient. This can lead to stagnant air in the building and a temperature that is not ideal for the comfort of your employees.
An inadequate HVAC system also must work hard all the time and can create a very noisy building. The constant air noise and working of the HVAC system can be very unpleasant to listen to on a day-to-day basis. So not only are you getting poor quality air and inadequate air flow, you’re getting noise pollution as well.
Clogged Condensate Drains
Condensate drain lines are responsible for removing the water from the evaporator in your HVAC system. When these drain lines become clogged, water builds up in the drain pan and bacteria starts to grow and become airborne. As this water sits in the pan it will also cause significant water damage and rust damage to your system.
If you notice fluctuating temperatures from one area of your office building to another, you are likely suffering from HVAC issues. Many things happen over a period as ductwork vibrates and joints come apart (especially flexible ductwork) which creates temperature inconsistency throughout the building. Recommissioning of a building should be completed every ten years in order to avoid these issues.
If you are encountering inconsistent air temperature throughout your building, strange odors, or hearing noise from an overworked HVAC system, be sure to call us at Springbank Mechanical. These symptoms can be very serious, both financially, and for the well-being of your employees. Springbank Mechanical is here to help. Contact us today for an assessment of your HVAC system.
Gregg Little is Co-owner of Springbank Mechanical Systems. He can be reached at 905-569-8990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.