Oct 20, 2022 8:15:00 AM / by Hughes

Seasonal Shutdown Areas You Should Consider Cleaning - Blog Post

As we make are way through fall and into winter, anyone in the industrial industry is probably thinking about their plant’s upcoming seasonal shutdown. This is a period of time when all production comes to a stop within a plant, allowing maintenance and cleaning to be performed when machinery is stopped and there are no employees to work around. But, even with this time set aside just for these yearly tasks, seasonal shutdowns can be a stressful time for those in charge of planning it. Some companies have even done away completely with their seasonal shutdown to try and save money. However, these periods are important to your facility. If you’re planning your seasonal shutdown it’s time to think about what cleaning your building needs. Here are a few things you might want to consider.


Combustible Dust Remediation

When dust is dispersed throughout oxidized air, it can create an explosion hazard. When the dust cloud is confined in a closed area it does not have the air movement from wind to disperse it; dust particles can instead stay suspended in the air for days at a time. This allows the levels of dust particles in the air to increase and provide more fuel for the resulting explosion. Some dusts can ignite just from touching hot machinery, while other dusts ignite after being exposed to a small fire, spark, static electricity, or even a lit cigarette.


UVC Light Disinfection

Germicidal UVC is designed to save energy and maintenance costs associated with HVAC Systems. Mold (biofilm) on coils of only 0.002 can reduce efficiency by 37%. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is the most effective and practical solution for industrial facilities.

In-duct UVGI systems are mounted inside AHUs or ventilation ductwork. When selected to produce appropriate irradiance levels, in-duct systems can be effective for air disinfection. An in-duct air disinfection system inactivates microbes suspended in the air (e.g., viable influenza viruses) as they move through the duct or AHU, so the organism is no longer capable of causing and spreading disease.

  • UVC Lighting At The Coil
  • UVGI For HVAC Systems
  • Upper Air UVC Solutions
  • UVC Light Disinfection Wand
  • Mobile Remote UVC Disinfection System
  • Ceiling/Wall Mountable Germicidal UVC Systems
  • UV Water Disinfection


HVAC Duct Cleaning

Commercial duct cleaning can help your business save money on energy by allowing your facility’s ventilation system to run more efficiently, and help reduce the risk of fires in the ductwork — especially in manufacturing facilities where combustible dust is present. It also helps improve indoor air quality by removing dirt, dust and debris from your HVAC system. This includes cleaning the grilles and registers, which helps to keep particles out of the ambient air.

  • Commercial HVAC Systems Cleaning
  • Commercial Kitchen Exhaust System Cleaning
  • Commercial Dryer Vent Cleaning


Media Blasting Services

Media blast cleaning extends the life of equipment, reducing or eliminating costly repair, replacement or rental programs. Hughes Environmental uses specific media for blasting that was handpicked to best serve our customers' needs. Our blasting services streamline the cleaning process with expert knowledge and superior media options.

  • Dry Ice Media
  • Crushed Glass Media
  • Garnet Media
  • Soda ARMEX™ Media
  • Coal Slag Media


High Surface Cleaning

Vibrations in the facility can shake built up loose dust, dirt, grease, and other materials commonly found on the high surfaces, which could contaminate the production below. Chunks of this debris can enter the ventilation and clog up the HVAC system. This creates poor indoor air quality, which according to the EPA is a leading environmental threat and cause of airborne sickness. Not to mention, some dusts can become a fire hazard when built up on high surface areas. Numerous explosions have occurred when built up dust created an explosive dust cloud.


Facility Disinfecting

Facility cleaning/disinfection solutions, has several solutions that can help protect your facility from bacteria and viruses spreading and take over the winter months. According to the CDC, COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.

  • Hand Wiping
  • PuraShield
  • ElectroStatic Disinfection
  • BIOPROTECTUs™ System


Air Purification Systems

The issue of indoor air quality concerns many people these days. It is essential to have a way to purify the air from pollutants. The best way to do this is through the use of air purification systems, such as, air purifiers, air filters or air scrubbing systems.

  • Air filters are relatively cheap and can only filter out particulate matter before it has time to spread into the air. But what's more important is what they can't filter out - viruses and bacteria.
  • An air purifier is an air cleaning device that captures and kills contaminants within the purifier itself. Air purifiers use one or more filtration and air treatment methods to remove pollutants from the air. 
  • An air scrubber is an air cleaning device that utilizes a sear and retrieve method to eliminate contaminants in the indoor air. 



If you’re planning your seasonal shutdown it’s time to think about what cleaning your building needs. Contact a representative at Hughes Environmental to discuss your cleaning needs and what we can do for you during your shutdown. Even if your company doesn’t have a seasonal shutdown we will work around your schedule to get any cleaning services performed.



Breathe Easier With Hughes Environmental

Hughes helps facilities become safer, cleaner, and code compliant work environments by providing quality commercial HVAC systems cleaning, media blast cleaning, rafter and ceiling cleaning, combustible dust cleaning services, and facility disinfecting services. Additionally, Hughes is offering bioprotect solutions, UVGI light disinfection products, as well as fire safety inspections and repairs.

Hughes Environmental specializes in combustible dust cleaning, commercial HVAC systems cleaning, high surface cleaning, and facility disinfecting as well as offering UVC light disinfection products. 

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