One unfortunate reality is that the Delta variant continues to cause havoc. Even with that grim situation, however, it appears that the Covid virus itself is receding. And, while it might not be permanently extinguished, at the very least, we can contain it. In other words, that hopeful thesis means that we could mitigate to the level of the ordinary cold and flu season we experience every year. As the said season sets in, let’s look at how enhanced HVAC systems can help reduce the spread of Covid.
Altering the Standard Control Settings
Airflow speed is an important consideration to make. When you’re thinking about the typical control settings you have, they might be exacerbating the problem of disease transmission. Why is that the case, you ask? In 2004, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS, a forerunner of Covid) proved that possibility. Increasing the exchange between stale air and fresh air could be an effective difference-maker. The only way to know for sure is to find out. For older buildings or buildings with outdated commercial HVAC equipment, retrofits can increase their performance output. Variable-speed motors can and should replace their fixed-speed predecessors. Moreover, high-powered air purifiers are well worth their figurative price tag.
Taking Air Purification to the Next Level
As such, it might be time to elevate your air purification solutions. Filtration shouldn’t be dismissed, even though it is so simple. Irradiation and thermal sterilization are more sophisticated, but they deactivate microbes instead of destroying them. Other technological options include ionic purifiers and ozone generators.
Changing the Airflow Distribution
Even so, another tactic to try is modifying where the air goes, not just how fast it flows. Since the transmission of airborne particulates is so common and so risky, this strategy represents a preemptive strike against the coronavirus. Consider switching to newer methods such as vertical laminar and leave turbulent airflow behind. A slower and steadier airspeed is also well advised. Besides, allowing the system to run on full blast all the time will cause it to wear out more quickly. This damage, in turn, could lead to downtime that keeps your employees out of work and upset your clients to boot.
Emphasizing the Personal Safety Bubble
Ultimately, the “six feet of separation” guideline is one of the easiest ways to help slow the spread of Covid. Moreover, it’s a considerate way to decrease the transfer of more mundane bacteria. Airflow-control units and ventilation hoods are cutting-edge. Perhaps even bleeding-edge. But common sense methods such as mask mandates and vaccination requirements are probably the most efficient way to make such upgrades practical.
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