The pandemic has raised awareness on public health and what to do to prevent the spread of not just the coronavirus, but anything that can get us sick. Fast food restaurants are now taping down bags to prevent the spread, and banks and grocery stores are using plexiglass to limit contact with tellers/cashiers and customers. Some may call these new industry standards and that’s exactly what we are here to talk about today, new industry standards within the HVAC industry that limit the spread of the coronavirus through HVAC systems. Below are some valuable tips if you are a building/homeowner.
Inspection and Maintenance
Many people have had their homes and buildings worked on to make changes that will help stop the spread of the virus. This should continue! With regular maintenance and check ups, your system stays cleaner and you may even catch emergencies before they happen. Making sure that your system is spreading clean non infected air throughout your space is a responsibility that you have as the building owner, and this is a surefire way to make sure you are doing just that.
Making sure that you have plenty of outside air being filtered into your space is something that is key to making sure the spread of the virus through HVAC systems is limited. The new ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2019 is recommended to weaken indoor air contaminants. After a larger gathering it is always a good idea to have a complete air purge. This means flushing the entire building with clean air in case someone in the gathering had some sort of airborne infection that got into your system.
Having your air cleaned while it goes through your ducts is another tactic to always having clean air go through your systems. We are currently offering the Reme Halo LED air filter which will kill any airborne contaminants like viruses, bacteria, and mold. This attachment will be out of sight while your air is being cleaned. It will also save the lifespan of your HVAC filters because contaminants will be killed before they get caught in the filter. This, right now, is the most secure way.