HVAC systems play a tremendous role in keeping hospitals clean and running smoothly, so imagine how it would feel to wake up inside a hospital without HVAC systems. Perhaps you’ll be hot or cold, because there will be no air conditioner to make you comfortable, but what else? We’ve compiled some of the top benefits of proper HVAC maintenance in hospitals from ASHRAE’s HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, Second Edition. Read about more ways HVAC systems are relied on to keep hospitals and their patients healthy and happy.
It Can Help Prevent Infection
When you’re sick, your immune system is at its weakest, making your body vulnerable to bacteria, viruses and other airborne infections. HVAC ventilation systems that use HEPA filtration can capture infectious particles, control bacteria and prevent the spreading of airborne diseases to their most sensitive patients. However, without continuous monitoring and maintenance, including filter replacement and coil cleaning, this can quickly turn the other way.
It Can Control Hazards
The temperature of a healthcare facility plays a much larger role than simply providing patients and employees comfort. Medical equipment in hospitals and healthcare facilities are sensitive to temperature levels and require perfect air control to function accurately. Precise systems, however, need proper, ongoing maintenance. Keeping filters changed, coils clean and implementing rigorous cooling tower maintenance programs, if applicable, are just some of several ways HVAC systems prevent system hazards. They also have other fringe benefits like limiting or managing the spreading of water-dwelling bacteria, Legionella, from forming and causing an outbreak.
It Can Conserve Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that hospitals have more than 2.5 times the energy intensity of commercial office buildings. Properly maintained HVAC systems help hospitals conserve energy and water so both, year round cooling needs and energy efficiency standards can be achieved.
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