When it comes to protecting your home, your building, office and it's occupants, your HVAC system may not be the first thing you think of. There are many hazards that can be spread through a buildings HVAC system, that can be prevented with advanced planning and regular HVAC maintenance.
Hazards you say? What kind of hazards could possibly come from our HVAC systems?
Since HVAC systems circulate air throughout the entire building, the potential to spread contaminants is high. Such as:
Viruses and bacteria
Mold and Mildew
Fumes from chemicals
The most common threats come from biological agents, which without regular cleaning and maintenance are likely to present in your HVAC system. Mold and mildew can cause breathing difficulties in people with allergies and asthma, it may also create skin problems as well. Viruses and bacteria can cause outbreaks of colds or the flu, even more, serious illnesses such as the measles or tuberculosis can be spread through your system as well. Even though more serious issues (carbon monoxide, asbestos, and refrigerant gas) that are to be considered deadly are rare, it does happen, there are about 400 deaths yearly for unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning alone.
If you feel you may have been exposed to any of the above factors and notice any of the symptoms below PLEASE seek medical attention:
Shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, chest tightness and pain, fatigue, loss of weight and appetite, crackling sound when breathing, burning sensation in the esophagus, vomiting up blood, decreased mental status, irregular heartbeat, loss of consciousness, seizures, dull headache, weakness, dizziness, or blurred vision.
How could this happen?
Negligence and poor maintenance of your HVAC system (including ventilation systems)
Droppings from rodents, roaches, and/or other pests.
Accidental chemical spills
Airborne contaminants from surrounding areas
So now we know the possible dangers, How can we keep our buildings, homes, families, and occupants safe from contamination?
Allowing a professional to properly customize your system's design is the first step to safety.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your HVAC system. You can purchase a year-round maintenance agreement with us to make sure your system is always safe.
Use HEPA filters.
Install carbon monoxide monitoring devices
Planning and preventive measures you put into place can help minimize damage. If you're unsure of what steps to take, please contact us and let us help you make your home, property buildings, or office a safe environment for everyone! Don't forget to ask about our yearly maintenance agreements to keep your environment safe and functional all year long!