HVAC systems are an essential component of healthcare facilities because they ensure that these places are safe and comfortable for patients, visitors and medical and administrative personnel. That said, a medical facility’s HVAC system should be capable of filtering and removing airborne contaminants and pollutants, eliminating bacteria and other microorganisms that can spread infection, and getting rid of unpleasant odors.
Here are three important HVAC considerations for medical facilities.
Indoor Air Quality and Filtration
Patients usually have a weak immune system, so their bodies are vulnerable to viruses, bacteria and airborne infections. That’s why it is crucial for healthcare facilities to have a thoroughly designed HVAC system that can help reduce the density of infectious particles in various indoor spaces. Their HVAC systems should be effective in recirculating air through high-quality filters and introducing clean, filtered air.
Thermal comfort is also important for patients who are recovering from health problems. But since different temperatures are needed in various areas of medical facilities, their HVAC systems should be adaptable and easy to manage. Take for example the temperature requirements in surgery rooms. Low temperatures are typically preferred in such rooms as surgical teams may be overheated by surgical equipment. But since low temperatures may have a different impact on anaesthetized patients, the HVAC system should be capable of recovering heat quickly and raising the temperature once a surgical procedure is done. With this in mind, it’s also worth mentioning that cooling and heating service should be scheduled regularly to ensure that the HVAC systems are in good working condition.
In healthcare facilities, HVAC systems consume a significant amount of energy. That said, medical facilities should invest in energy-efficient equipment and technologies so as to reduce energy consumption and wastage.
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