Photo: Coil cleaning, before (left) and after (right).
The sounds of air conditioning systems running in homes and businesses is common at this time of year. Some of those air conditioning systems have been serviced by a professional and are ready for another hot and humid Kansas summer; others have not and run the risk of not surviving the season.
Out of all the preventative maintenance steps you can take to ensure your building’s HVAC system works at its peak efficiency, having your coils professionally cleaned is one of the easiest and can give you the best return on your investment over time.
Coils are pretty simple by design. They come in a variety of sizes, and the size has been engineered to do its job according to the size of the area you are cooling. Coils consist of numerous small, metal fins that allow air to move across them, transferring heat in the process and allowing the heating or cooling process to occur smoothly.
The problem is air contains contaminants such as cottonwood fuzz, dirt, pollen, dust, grease, mold spores and moisture, which can settle on a coil’s surface and build up, acting as a roadblock to air flow and reducing a unit’s efficiency. When this happens, an air conditioning unit has to work harder to do the same amount of work, thus using more energy – more than 30 percent in some cases, according to experts.
In addition, other components such as the compressor are at risk of breaking down due to the increased stress on the air conditioning equipment. Hot temperatures + no compressor = no cooling = unhappy building occupants = costly repairs. Other factors such as indoor air quality also can be negatively affected due to contaminants like mold and bacteria residing in your coils.
There are numerous coil cleaning products on the market today and a variety of methods to cleaning a coil. While many businesses have maintenance staff that clean coils, it’s never a bad idea to have your coils cleaned professionally by a trusted service partner as a service professional may find other problems that need to be addressed.
Remember, preventive maintenance steps like coil cleaning offer the following benefits to you and your heating and air conditioning equipment:
For more information, please email Jonathon Goering by clicking here or call 316-265-9655.
Knipp Services works with commercial and industrial building owners to identify building solutions that can reduce downtime and increase the efficiency of their building. We provide services that enable building owners to have a high performance building.