Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in commercial and industrial buildings work around the clock. A system that operates 24/7 needs maintenance in order to continue working efficiently. Air ducts are a vital part of the HVAC eco-system as they move heated, cooled, and fresh air evenly throughout a building. Compromised air ducts are a safety, health, and efficiency risk, but companies can minimize the risk by implementing a regular HVAC maintenance program performed by professionals.  

Tri-Tech Energy is a commercial heating, cooling, and mechanical contractor serving New Jersey for more than three decades. Our professional services include HVAC maintenance for commercial buildings and large residential complexes. In this article, we’ll discuss how often air ducts must be cleaned, the benefits of doing so, and how our team can help keep your systems in tip-top shape!   

When Should Air Ducts Be Cleaned and How Frequent?    

This all depends on the building’s use, age, geographic region, and HVAC maintenance schedule. Air ducts in office buildings near a park require less cleaning than those in heavily industrialized areas or where the environment generates a lot of dust. Tri-Tech has extensive experience with HVAC systems in older buildings, and it is easier for dirt and debris to clog air ducts when the system is outdated.   

Standard practice suggests that HVAC maintenance be performed twice annually, before each heating and cooling season. The air ducts are not cleaned every time, but will be inspected to determine if a cleaning program is required. Clean ducts are essential for good indoor air quality (IAQ), which keeps people healthy and comfortable in your commercial space. 

Signs Your Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned  

Multiple signs could indicate an air duct cleaning is required. Is your monthly energy bill increasing? Dirty ducts could be placing pressure on your HVAC system, making it work harder and consume more energy. When your human resources department notices staff are getting more respiratory illnesses and complaints about allergies increase, the HVAC’s air ducts can be one of the major causes. 

Other signs include debris build-up in ducts at the outdoor air vent entrances or dust floating from indoor vents. A noticeable smell originating from ductwork, persistent water damage in the system, or observable mold and slime requires urgent attention from professional service providers.

The Benefits of Regular Air Duct Cleaning  

Your company’s financial and liability risks are minimized when you have a comprehensive maintenance plan with professionals performing HVAC inspections. With a regular maintenance plan in place, dirty air ducts are noticed early and cleaned. Other benefits of frequent air duct cleaning are improved IAQ, healthier customers, and more productive staff. Clean ducts prevent costly HVAC system breakdowns, reducing costs and boosting efficiency.   

Not to mention, accumulated dust in ductwork is a potential fire hazard. When dust moves through the system it creates a buildup of static electricity that could lead to an explosion. Clearing the ducts prevents this from happening. The people in your building are safe, and your assets are protected. It shows your insurance company that your building maintenance strategy is thorough.  

When to Call HVAC Professionals for Your NJ Building? 

Do any of the signs we highlighted seem familiar? It’s time to call a Tri-Tech professional for an inspection. We work just as hard as your HVAC system, as our team is on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We evaluate the system’s condition before making recommendations about air duct and HVAC cleaning. When you choose Tri-Tech as your New Jersey commercial HVAC contractor, we create a comprehensive “maintenance-plus” program, and technicians are onsite 2 or 4 times a year to perform maintenance.    

Did you know Tri-Tech also supplies and installs custom ductwork for heating and air conditioning systems? Our team works to meet your building’s unique ergonomic requirements, including architectural ductwork.   

Contact us if you want to know how often your air ducts need to be cleaned in your NJ commercial building, or visit our website: https://www.tritechenergy.com/