COMBATING COVID-19 IN COMMERCIAL FACILITIES

Covid-19

Many facilities are looking for ways to protect building occupants against COVID-19. Fortunately, there are several proactive measures that can be taken to put buildings in a better position to protect occupants and patients. Here are just a few of the things HVAC service contractors can do to make your facility safer:

  1. UV LIGHTING. Viruses that are airborne can be safeguarded against with high doses of UVC in the Airstream. For the most effective microbial control, Steril-Aire UV germicidal Emitters are installed on the supply side of the system, downstream from the cooling coil and above the drain pan. This location provides more effective biofilm and microbial control than in-duct UVC installations. Germicidal UVC irradiation is proven to be an effective inactivation method for mold, bacteria and viruses.
  2. MERV-13 FILTERS. Filters are an exceptional means to trap particulates and sub micron contaminants. The smaller the contaminant’s diameter, the denser the filter media must be to capture. MERV-13 filters capture airborne viruses and bacteria from coughs and sneezes. While there’s no guarantee a strong air filter will protect your facility and its occupants from the Coronavirus, they are one step that can be taken to reduce risk.
  3. EVAPORATOR COIL CLEANING. Coil cleaning removes any dirt and debris that may build up between the coils along with removing any bacteria or microbials that may be floating in the air stream. This will kill anything in the air that has gotten in between the coils along with providing overall energy efficiency because compressors won’t be working as hard with dirty plugged up coils.
  4. NEGATIVE PRESSURE EQUIPMENT. Many medical and dental facilities are installing negative pressure equipment to combat COVID-19 and other viruses in an effort to keep their patients and staff safe. Patient rooms can be equipped with negative pressure units which capture the contaminated air and produce clean, non-contaminated air. A negative pressure environment will help to contain the mold, dust, particles, and odors within the workspace containment barrier.
  5. HANDS-FREE FAUCETS AND FLUSH VALVES. Minimizing infections starts with the restrooms as they tend to collect viruses and bacteria more than any other part of a commercial building. Employees and visitors often spread germs when flushing the toilet and washing their hands. A hands-free bathroom provides a healthier environment by removing several common touch points. As a bonus, hands-free faucets and toilets save resources. These more efficient types of fixtures can help building owners cut costs on water bills over time.

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