With the introduction of COVID-19, employee safety in the workplace has become a bigger issue than ever. Keeping 6 foot spacing between workers and enforcing wearing masks and gloves in some industries has become the norm. But how does the building’s HVAC system play a part in keeping everyone healthy?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The keyword here is ventilation. It’s important to keep air moving and your commercial HVAC system is an integral part of that. But when it comes to HVAC systems and COVID-19, you may have some questions. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers that can help you stay informed.
Is it Safe to Use Your Commercial HVAC System During COVID-19?
According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), there is no danger of spreading COVID-19 through your HVAC system. In fact, allowing your HVAC system to operate as usual is helpful to prevent the spread of the disease. Your HVAC system continually cycles air. As the air cycles, it moves through a filter that eliminates many of the particles from the air. Regular use of commercial HVAC filters are not proven to trap pathogens such as viruses, but they may help.
Are Commercial HVAC Services Available Right Now?
As a result of all the business closings due to COVID-19, it can be hard to know what’s open and what’s not. But HVAC companies are considered essential businesses, so you can still schedule service for your commercial HVAC system. Maintenance is important for proper operation of your system. A well-tuned up HVAC system will do a better job of keeping your indoor air clean and healthy. So there’s no reason to put off your regularly scheduled maintenance or to avoid calling for repair if it is needed.
Can an Air Purifier Kill Coronavirus?
There is no official evidence that proves that an air purification system is capable of killing the coronavirus that is causing the current outbreak known as COVID-19. Air purifiers do eliminate finer, even microscopic particles from the air and in significantly greater quantities than the average HVAC filter. Another benefit of an air purification system is that it can create new air molecules that are clean and uncontaminated. Ultimately, it is important to note that the success of an air purifier in eliminating COVID-19 is unknown, but it may help.
Where Can I Find Commercial HVAC Services?
If you’re looking for a commercial HVAC company in Virginia or the surrounding area that is currently providing services, Varney Inc. is open and operating. Varney offers a full range of commercial services, including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, integrated systems, and custom sheet metal.