HVAC Cleaning: What is it, and does my business need it?

When was the last time your premises had the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system (HVAC) – professionally cleaned? If it’s been more than six months to a year, chances are there’s more than just a little dust lurking in your commercial kitchen exhausts and air conditioners.

From hospitals and hotels, to casinos and restaurant chains, these large commercial companies share the need for HVAC. Here’s why it’s worth your business investing in commercial duct cleaning by Kleenduct WA.

How do you know if your HVAC is in dire need of a clean?

A large buildup of dust around the filters and potentially the any ventilation outlets is a sign. Strange smells, and even noises coming from the HVAC are another red flag. But dust or no dust, smell or no smell (although a nasty smell is the last thing you want in a commercial kitchen), time is the ultimate indication. Swab tests every 6-12 months are often mandatory for hospitals so bacteria and mould levels can be determined, and at Kleenduct Perth, for optimum functioning we also recommend a HVAC cleaning every 6-12 months (or as the company’s insurance dictates if grease is involved).

What is involved in HVAC cleaning?

For kitchen exhausts, one of our Kleenduct WA specialists will open up the system before removing the filters and inspecting the duct for grease levels. We also utilize the very latest in optical technology and can feed a camera into hard to reach places for visual inspection of the level of accumulated dust and debris. Thorough mechanical HVAC cleaning procedures adhere to hygiene standards set by the International Kitchen Exhaust Association (IKECA) and The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), with obstructions, additional moisture and contaminants removed thoroughly. Any damaged components will also be replaced and in turn, your HVAC system’s efficiency restored.

But what’s the harm in a bit of kitchen exhaust or air-con debris?

More than you might think. By simply occupying a building, we produce a significant number of contaminants and pollutants in addition to dust; chemicals and dander (dead skin cells and hair that we naturally shed) are just some of the things that get pulled into our HVAC systems, recirculating up to seven times a day and accumulating in the ductwork. This means poor air quality and potentially unhealthy air – a concern for employees or customers with allergies or compromising health conditions such as autoimmune or respiratory conditions. Debris-filled HVAC systems also use up a significantly greater amount of energy for temperature maintenance, making cost-effectiveness another reason for routine HVAC cleaning.

If you can’t remember the last time the premises had a HVAC cleaning, it’s time to bring clean air back into your hospitality business with Kleenduct WA today. Get in touch, because a quality business needs quality air.