If you are a business owner and have an office building occupied by dozens of employees, then you want to make sure that the space is optimal for all individuals in terms of health and wellness. One of the most important factors to consider when thinking about health is the air quality within the office environment. Your AC system can do a lot to encourage good air quality, but there are a few things you can do to encourage better quality.
Investigate Power and Encourage Adequate Outdoor Air supply
If the air inside your office building often seems stale with lingering odors, then your HVAC system may not be getting the constant stream of fresh air that it needs. First, investigate the capacity of the system in relation to the air delivery. The BTUs of the device should match the square footage of the building. An HVAC professional can help you to understand whether or not the unit is large enough to provide the cooling power you need. If it does not, then an upgrade may be wise. You can also invest in an air return unit that recycles cooled air and helps to increase output without the need for a new AC unit.
You also want to make sure that the AC unit is supplied with an adequate amount of air. If airflow is stagnant moving through the unit, then air flow will be compromised. Investigate the outdoor ventilation and cut back any trees or bushes that may be blocking it. Also, move any other objects that are sitting in front of the vent.
In some cases, a larger vent opening may be required or an additional one can be added somewhere on the exterior of your building. If you want an extra vent, then a more powerful ventilation fan may also be needed to pull more of the air into the AC unit.
Buy The Correct Air Filter
You may already know that you need to change the air filter often within the air handler. This is wise to catch the allergens that can make their way into your office building. A good filter replacement regimen can substantially increase the air quality of your office. However, you need to pick the right filters as well and consider adding a prefiltration system along air vents.
The best filters for air quality are HEPA varieties, but these filters will often reduce the air flowing through the AC unit and this can lead to poor air flow and a reduction in overall ventilation. You want to pick a filter instead that has small enough openings that dust and pollen cannot flow through, but that are also big enough to allow the most air through.
If you want to know more about commercial AC systems and how you can encourage good air quality in your business, speak with an HVAC professional like Dale and Lee's Service Inc.