Aging Air Handlers in Commercial Facilities
Published May 9, 2015, by Christine Parrington
The U.S. is home to over 5 million commercial and industrial buildings, many of which have become worn with age and are in a constant state of disrepair. Additionally, the average person breathes about 3,400 gallons of air per day and spends 90% of their day indoors. With those statistics, it goes without saying that HVAC systems bear the brunt of the responsibility for ensuring proper indoor climate and air quality. But not much thought is typically given to these matters by building occupants, especially when it comes to air handlers…until there’s a problem.
Facilities professionals, however, are the go-to problem solvers when HVAC troubles arise, and they are often expected to solve the problem quickly and with minimal intrusion to the workplace or impact on building occupants. This is often easier said than done when it comes to effectively addressing renovations to mechanical air handling units that are in much need of repair, and while maintaining compliance with building codes and working within a limited budget. How to do this while buildings are partially or fully occupied usually presents another set of problems.