Biofilm is the greatest enemy of an efficient HVACR system. When biofilm gains a foothold in the coils of your air handler, a slew of operational and efficiency issues will lower performance and drive up costs. This is why it is important to have a routine maintenance program designed to keep coils operating at peak efficiency.
School is back in session and cold and flu season isn’t far behind. If you’re a facility manager at a school, university or some other educational facility, you are looking to your HVAC/R system to maintain indoor air quality and efficient operation throughout the upcoming year. Ultraviolet germicidal (UV-C) lamps can be a great tool to help you achieve these goals.
Summer is finally here. Three months of warm, sunny days, ice cold beverages and microbial proliferation await you.
That’s right. One negative side effect of the warm weather is humidity. As you know, HVAC systems perform their “cooling” operation by removing heat and moisture from the air. When humidity levels are excessive, they need to work a lot harder.
There’s nothing exciting about the topic of dielectric grease—it’s about as mundane as you can get. But this silicone compound is of the utmost importance in protecting vehicles and electrical systems of all kinds, including HVAC/R ultraviolet lamp (UV-C) connections from costly corrosion and water damage.
If you are still performing mechanical cleanings of your building’s HVAC/R components, you are likely wasting money and time with this temporary attempt to increase system efficiency. Most facility maintenance crews undertake these labor-intensive cleanings more than once per year, and to what end? The coils inevitably foul up again, and you’re back to square one. Even after you’ve cleaned them, mechanical cleanings cannot reach up to 75 percent of the average 12-inch thick coil, where microorganisms continue to proliferate, reduce heat transfer efficiency and raise pressure drop.