As life returns to US industry, HVAC systems – particularly ventilation and balanced air circulation – will play a significant role in public health and confidence.
Though COVID-19 is not predominantly an airborne disease, a recent study conducted by scientists with Princeton University, the University of California-Los Angeles and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that “viable virus could be detected in aerosols up to 3 hours post aerosolization.”
Now, more than ever, it is imperative that HVAC system filters are inspected, exhaust systems are operational, and outside air sources are maximized. The Center for Disease Control also recommends increasing building ventilation to cut down on recycled contaminated air.
A well performing HVAC system introduces clean air and removes contaminated air from enclosed spaces. Additionally, it will ventilate and dilute indoor air contaminants in both communal and private spaces. There are modifications you can make to your properties’ air circulation systems to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases without completely replacing the existing systems.
How We Can Help
The reality of post-COVID-19 life is that building owners and property managers will need to address their buildings’ indoor air quality, especially if the system has not been recently inspected or if the staff have not been specifically trained in HVAC maintenance.
ABBAE’s team of mechanical engineers and building experts have developed a diagnostic and corrective program designed to improve indoor air quality. First, we review the existing system conditions, design, control sequences, and existing equipment capabilities. Once our staff has completed our assessment, we can identify potential retrofit options for increased air quality, coordinate and oversee corrective measures.
Questions – Ask an Expert
Allana Buick & Bers’ Mechanical Engineers, Enclosure Consultants and Building Experts are here to answer your questions about ventilation, air circulation, and HVAC maintenance.
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