October 05, 2020

The Role HVAC Systems Can Play in Preventing Disease

There is an ongoing debate about how COVID-19 is spread. However, several recent articles published by industry experts describe the role HVAC systems can play in encouraging or stopping the spread of disease, whether it’s COVID-19 or other contagious diseases that travel via air droplets or aerosols.

Review these informative articles from McKinsey & Co., TIME Magazine, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

In this brief video, Rudolph Libbe Group’s facility expert Amy Swiderski discusses how optimizing indoor ventilation and air flow can help create healthier air for building occupants. (2-minute video)

Specifically, Amy outlines how changing your control settings can reduce recirculation of contaminated air particles by:

  • Increasing the rate of exchange with outside fresh air
  • Reducing shutdown time that may occur overnight or on weekends
  • Minimizing air flow speeds

For help implementing these steps, or to request a building assessment that will identify recommendations and priorities for potential improvement call 866.720.2700.

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