Do you know how well your HVAC control system is performing? When was the last time you tested your air quality? Commercial building owners have an obligation to ensure the air quality is of the highest standard, and as we continue dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, indoor air quality is now more important than ever before. Air quality is a health and safety matter, so for the health and safety of your staff, we recommend testing your air. 

Common complaints about indoor air quality include:

  • The air feels stale and stuffy. Good ventilation and proper air flow are essential, so if your employees complain that the air feels stagnant, you need to have your HVAC systems checked. 
  • Too much humidity. There’s a balance to strike between air that’s too dry and air that’s too humid, as each one has health implications and impacts the comfort of your staff.
  • Bad smells. Some scents are very faint, while others are impossible to avoid, but regardless, bad odors can sometimes indicate problems with your HVAC control systems. Call a commercial HVAC contractor and have it checked out as soon as possible.
  • Mold and damp spots appearing in corners and on the walls. This is especially common in places that have damp climates. Mold can cause extensive damage, so it’s important to get it under control and eliminate the source as soon as possible. 
  • Complaints from employees having headaches, feeling fatigued, or feeling nauseated. Poor air quality impacts everyone’s health, so if your staff begins telling you they feel unwell, have a contractor investigate immediately. 

Testing your HVAC control system in NJ

We recommend calling a professional commercial HVAC contractor to conduct air quality tests. While there are do-it-yourself tests available on the market, there are many factors that influence air quality and an HVAC professional will know what to look for and how best to interpret the results. They can also recommend the best way to improve your air quality. 

In the meantime, there are several steps you can take yourself that contribute to better indoor air quality:

  • Do a complete visual inspection of your building, including storage closets, maintenance areas, and equipment rooms to check that everything is in order. If everything seems to be in place and you don’t detect any unusual odors, that’s a good sign.
  • Take a walk around the perimeter of your building and look for any sources of pollution near your vents or your drains. For example, standing water might be blocking your drains and giving off an unpleasant smell. 
  • Check the areas where cleaning supplies are stored. Be sure there aren’t any strong smells coming from these areas, and ensure that all cleaning products are properly contained and stored. Breathing in fumes from cleaning products can often make people feel unwell. 
  • Double-check any areas where water damage has occurred, even if it was a long time ago. Water damage has an unfortunate way of lingering and causing issues when you thought it was long gone. When mold starts growing it can quickly impact the health of your staff, and it can be hard to fully eliminate. 

For more information about HVAC control systems, or if you have any questions about indoor air quality, please contact our team at Tri-Tech Energy today. Discover why so many building owners choose us as their trusted commercial HVAC contractor. 

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