With some COVID-19 restrictions finally being lifted, more commercial buildings are preparing to open up again. One of the most important considerations to make before opening up is what to do about the HVAC systems which have been sitting dormant for weeks. Here are a few things commercial building owners should do before opening their doors again.
The Importance of HVAC Inspections After Lockdown
If the HVAC system in a commercial building has been turned off or running minimally during lockdown, starting it up without a proper inspection can pose serious health risks to employees. Dust, allergen or bacteria buildup can be distributed throughout the office air and even make workers sick. COVID-19 is still a threat, and dirty HVAC systems can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to catching it.
Dormant HVAC systems can also collect debris which might block airflow and spike the building’s electric bill. Starting an HVAC system up after weeks without use can also cause problems which might require expensive repairs if the proper inspections and maintenance are skipped.
The Startup Process for Commercial HVAC Systems
Commercial HVAC systems should undergo regular maintenance during lockdown, and a startup process should begin one to two weeks before the official reopening date. This process includes working with a team of HVAC technicians to thoroughly inspect the system and perform any necessary repair work. The entire building should be checked for leaks, dust buildup, mold and mildew growth, and any other possible health hazards.
Outdoor air intake units should be inspected and any obstructions should be cleaned off. The water quality should also be regularly checked throughout the lockdown and startup process, and life-saving equipment like fire alarms should be inspected during this time.
If possible, get in touch with the installation contractors or licensed HVAC system design team to discuss any known deficiencies in your system. This can help you know where to look first, and it could even help you to catch small problems before they become bigger.
Expanded Maintenance Before Re-Opening
On top of the startup process, maintenance should be expanded before and after reopening any commercial building. If your system is older and more prone to issues, it might be time to recommission or retrocommission it. Try to schedule HVAC maintenance on a more regular schedule and make the HVAC system a higher priority. HVAC systems don’t just keep employees comfortable, but they can go a long way in keeping everyone in the building healthy. Allergies and weakened immune systems can make you and your workers more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, so building owners should do everything they can to stay vigilant about HVAC maintenance and inspections.
Commercial HVAC Maintenance With Ellis AC
Whether you’re the owner of a home or a commercial building, Ellis AC can give you the HVAC service you need at a price you can afford. We value quality maintenance and client satisfaction, and our team of licensed HVAC technicians are equipped to perform inspections, maintenance, repairs, and replacements. Call or visit our website today for a free quote!