Equipment designed to keep an indoor environment comfortable can be referred to as a heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. When disputes occur involving the design and operation of a heating or cooling system, an HVAC expert witness is needed to help ascertain if a system was properly designed, the equipment was properly selected, and/or if there are other conditions that may be contributing to the issues in question.
HVAC system design can be exceedingly intricate, especially in larger complexes like office buildings, schools, clinics, or hospitals. A well-designed system sustains a flow of air that contains minimal contaminants to all areas of the structure. Filtering systems are often integrated into HVAC systems to improve air quality. But in any type of HVAC installation, poor design or inferior components can lead to problems. When contentions arise that indoor air quality contributed to health issues, or that a system failed to function effectively, litigation is often the result.
Ferreting out the root causes of the issue is essential if any liability is to be properly assessed. Although additional experts may be needed if bacteria, molds, or other contaminants are suspected, an HVAC expert can first determine if design specifications were followed and if the equipment selected matched the demands of the structure. Maintenance is another element; improper maintenance procedures may result in air quality hazards even when the best equipment is installed. An HVAC expert witness can examine the existing system conditions and maintenance history to help determine if maintenance is a factor. Submit an expert request form or contact ForensisGroup to learn more about our carefully screened, highly qualified HVAC expert witnesses.