One of the simplest methods of improving indoor air quality is to replace the current air filters with HEPA quality air filters. Adding air filters to the air intake and placing additional air filters throughout the building will remove dust, smoke, chemicals and odor causing particles from the air.
My office indoor air quality is terrible! How can HVAC Help?
Humidifiers remove excess moisture from the air. If dry air aggravates your allergies or asthma, you could have a humidifier installed. If you have a problem with mold and mildew, a dehumidifier could be installed instead. An HVAC contractor can also check your air conditioner and heater and eliminate leaks and unwanted condensation that can generate excess humidity inside.
Biocides and Green Germ Killing Machines
Foul odors are sometimes the result of mildew, mold and bacteria growing in the air vents. Biocides are chemical coatings that can be applied to the inside of your ductwork to kill these microorganisms. If you are uncomfortable with the use of biocides, you can install UV lights at various points in the ductwork, air intake vents and even the air conditioner itself. The ultraviolet light will kill any pathogens growing in the light and eliminate mold without the use of chemicals.
Proper HVAC Equipment Maintenance
Mold or scum can grow in a drain pan that is not draining properly. Mold and mildew will grow in ducts if the outer insulation is cracked, allowing moisture to seep into the insulation and provide a home for microorganisms. Periodical cleanings of the air conditioner’s exterior and coils will remove dirt, mold and anything else growing there.
Qualified Duct Cleaning and Maintenance
Duct cleaning and maintenance offers a long term solution to your indoor air quality. When an air duct is cleaned, dirt, debris, mildew, spider webs and anything else inside of the ducts that should not be there is removed. After the ducts are cleaned, it is rather easy to apply a biocide if desired. Alternatively, the ducts can be recoated so that there are not small corroded areas that can catch dust or let water accumulate, providing a place for mold and mildew to grow. If you choose to have a new coating placed in the ducts, you can select from noise suppressing materials that repel water or naturally inhibit microorganism growth.