Assessing HVAC System Cleanliness The lifespan, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of any HVAC system hinge on its state of cleanliness and regular and effective maintenance. HVAC inspectors can objectively determine whether a system is contaminated with a significant accumulation of particulate matter, or if HVAC performance is compromised due to contamination buildup. The inspection process begins when a facility manager, building owner, or another industry related professional (referred to as the ‘client’) contacts an HVAC service provider. Visual inspection of HVAC system components is the first step for the assessment, cleaning, and restoration of HVAC systems. The role of the HVAC assessor is to assess the cleanliness of the HVAC system, which is defined by the presence of dirt, obstructions, excess moisture and microbial contamination that might affect system performance or occupant health and comfort. The inspection involves visual examination of critical HVAC system components using cameras and scopes, where necessary. The inspector (if qualified) also reports observations regarding potential operational malfunctions or other maintenance needs that are observed during the course of the inspection.
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