Telltale Signs Of Air Duct Contamination

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If you own a commercial business, you'll need to ensure that your premises is safe, healthy, and secure for your employees and vendors. Noxious fumes, poor lighting, old furniture, and broken flooring can contribute to a dangerous working environment, as can poor air quality. Here are some telltale signs of air duct contamination in your business that you need to be aware of so that you can contact a commercial air conditioning services professional for an inspection:

Musty Odors

If your employees complain of musty odors in their working spaces, your ductwork may be contaminated with mold and mildew spores. Your ventilation system can be a breeding ground for fungi, especially if your commercial roof is leaking.

If your air ducts are harboring mold and mildew, the spores will blow out into your indoor environment, exposing your employees and visitors to allergens and toxins. Address musty smells as soon as possible by calling your commercial air conditioning technician. The mycotoxins released by mold can create an unhealthy working environment for anyone who breathes them in. 

If mold and mildew infestations are very mild, your air ducts can be professionally cleaned. This will eliminate the dangers of spore contamination in your offices and warehouse when your unit is turned on. Conversely, if your air conditioning professional finds evidence of an extreme infestation, your entire ventilation system may need to removed and replaced with new air ducts.

In addition to musty odors, a visible inspection may also confirm the presence of mold and mildew in your air ducts. Also, if you see mold on your vents, it will probably be inside your ventilation system. Never attempt to clean up mold residue on the surface of  your vents. You may disturb the mold and mildew further as it sloughs off from the metal grills, contaminating your walls and other surfaces. 

Insect Or Rodent Infestation

If you see rodent droppings or smell a foul odor, or if insects are milling about your vents, your air ducts may be contaminated by mice or rat carcasses, animal feces, or insect infestation. You may also see insect shells and droppings on your office furniture or lingering in the air because these noxious materials can circulate through your business by way of your ductwork.

Pest infestation in your air ducts is a serious health threat to your employees and visitors to your business. It needs to be addressed immediately because if people inhale pest residue, they can get sick.

Breathing in pest residue is especially dangerous for people with preexisting medical conditions such as asthma, allergies, chronic bronchitis, and heart disease. Your commercial air conditioning services technician will inspect your air ducts for signs of rodents or insects, and they will make sure that the ducts are cleaned so that your air quality stays safe and healthy. In addition to cleaning the air ducts, the air conditioning technician will also inspect your air filters.

If they are dirty, they will either be cleaned or replaced, depending upon if they're the reusable type or disposable type. While you can service your home air filters, it is unwise to service the air filters in your commercial unit. If you are inexperienced, servicing the air filters in your commercial heating and cooling system may cause a mechanical breakdown or further worsen your indoor air quality. 

If you believe your air ducts are contaminated, call a air conditioning service professional to inspect your system. After the air ducts and ventilation system have been inspected, the technician will provide you with an estimate and work proposal. While you may want to secure numerous estimates to keep your costs down, it make take days or even weeks before you get all your written estimates. Remember, time is of the essence when the health of your employees is at stake.

For more information or assistance, call a company like Robison Air.