Are you a small business owner with your own building? Are you wondering what sort of maintenance your air systems need in order to keep your building comfortable? While some things should be left to professionals, here are some things that you and your employees can do to keep your systems running smoothly:
Check your filters monthly: Some of the more expensive filters state that they can go multiple months between changes, but it's a good idea to check them once a month anyway. There are many reasons why an air filter might get dirty sooner than expected, such as storms raising more dust than usual. If the filter is clogged with dirt or even just visibly dirty, it's a good idea to clean or replace the filter as directed by the manufacturer.
Visually inspect air ducts: While replacing or cleaning the filter, check the duct work behind the filter. If the filter's been doing its job, there should be little to no dust in the duct beyond. If there is a large amount of dust, then you may be using the wrong size filter or a filter of poor quality. In order to avoid potential damage to your air systems, you should have the ducts leading to your HVAC unit cleaned if they seem to be accumulating clumps of dust and grime. If the exit vents are dirty as well, the entire duct system should be cleaned in order to improve the air quality inside your building.
Monitor your humidity levels: Many modern air systems come with an automatic humidity regulator. Once you set it to a certain percentage, it should keep your building at a comfortable and even level of humidity. Unfortunately, the humidity that these regulators read isn't always the humidity of your entire building. Because the thermostat that reads the humidity may only be in one or two places in your building, there may be several rooms or entire areas that are dryer or more humid than you expected. You should consider purchasing several hydrometers and leaving them in rooms that are furthest away from the air intake vents and the thermostat. By comparing the readings of these hydrometers with what your HVAC unit tells you, you'll be better able to decide on a more comfortable humidity level for your building.
Your preferred HVAC professional will be able to tell you about other things you need to keep an eye on for your particular air systems. Since every system is different, you should definitely consult with a professional like A-C Contractors Heating & Cooling before attempting anything beyond minor maintenance.