Why is air-conditioning so important during bushfire season?

February 11th, 2020 by

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It’s the bushfire season that will be talked about for years to come and not just because of the tragic loss of life, both human and animal. Air quality conditions, like the fires themselves, have been unprecedented and many commercial HVAC systems don’t have the filters to cope.

Smoke from bushfires is made up of very small particles and gases. These particles can irritate the eyes, nose and throat and penetrate deep into the lungs where they aggravate existing respiratory conditions such as asthma. As a result, we’ve been told by health authorities to “stay indoors” but just how safe is indoors under these unprecedented conditions?

While household air conditioners do not filter the fine particles found in bushfire smoke, commercial HVAC systems are better suited, especially buildings that rely on recirculated and filtered air conditioning systems. This is why agencies have been encouraging people to spend time at shopping centres, cinemas and other large commercial buildings.

However, even large HVAC systems usually do not have filters designed for the types of conditions we’ve been experiencing, with day after day of poor and hazardous air quality. Unfortunately, if bushfire smoke is thick and prolonged, these commercial systems can get overwhelmed.

If your business is in an area that has been affected by bushfire smoke in recent months, it’s highly recommended you have your filters changed out or inspected to ensure they’re performing efficiently. As smoke particles build up in filters, HVAC fans have to use more energy to push the air through and that will be costing you money.

There’s also a risk the filtration system could completely fail if smoke particles are allowed to continue to build up. And with the bushfire season far from being over, not to mention the dust from the ongoing drought, now’s the time to speak to Equilibrium to talk about optimising your filtration performance.t

For more about bushfire smoke and air quality, visit health.nsw.gov.au

To book your HVAC filter inspection, please feel free to call our expert team at Equilibrium Air Conditioning on (02) 9439 4822.