Identifying Dirty Air Ducts to Protect Building Occupants in Puerto Rico
Zimmetry Environmental provides testing and monitoring services to identify contaminated air ducts and respirable hazards in buildings.
It’s not just dirt, dust and filth that can cause issues in a building’s air duct system. If air ducts become wet or are exposed to high humidity levels, they may support the growth of microbial contaminants such as mold.
Air ducts in properties play a pivotal role in keeping people comfortable in buildings across Puerto Rico. This critical component of a building’s HVAC system allows for ventilation and a path for warm or cool air to provide a pleasant indoor environment.
However, if the ducts become dirty and contaminated they may not operate efficiently and could create indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns. This could increase energy costs and lead to respiratory issues.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a number of tips to help prevent air duct contamination, including the following:
- Change filters regularly.
- Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of the heating and cooling system.
- Be sure there are no missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.
- When having the heating and cooling system maintained or checked for other reasons, be sure to ask the service provider to clean cooling coils and drain pans.
- During construction or renovation work that produces dust indoors, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust.
“It’s not just dirt, dust and filth that can cause issues in a building’s air duct system,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “If air ducts become wet or are exposed to high humidity levels, they may support the growth of microbial contaminants such as mold. Depending on where in the system the mold is growing, it could be spread widely throughout a building causing a wide range of health concerns.”
Helping building managers and property owners in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean identify contaminated air ducts and other ventilation and indoor air quality issues are the building science experts at Zimmetry. They offer comprehensive system audits, air testing and monitoring services. Zimmetry also recently sponsored a video with tips to prevent air duct contamination that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/w9om_GZXJL0
To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their indoor air quality, environmental, occupational, compliance and consulting services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email email@example.com .
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.
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