American Services commercial HVAC service in Missouri knows that during an emergency situation the last thing you want on your mind is the quality of air that you are breathing. But if the wrong HVAC system was installed in your hospital or it has not been maintained regularly, then what you are breathing could become the next critical problem you have to deal with.
When dealing with the heating and cooling of a hospital there are multiple aspects to consider. Since there are so many areas of a hospital, HVAC systems have to be specialized to filter areas properly. For instance the waiting room doesn’t need the same level of filtration as the operating room. Indoor air quality becomes extremely important depending on where you are in the hospital and each of those areas must be handled separately. In addition, HVAC systems in hospitals also push a lot more air through the system than standard systems, up to 30 cubic feet per minute on the high side compared to 15 cubic feet per minute on the high side in standard commercial applications.
With that in mind it is imperative that these HVAC systems are properly maintained and regularly scheduled checkups and filter changes are conducted. Depending on the application, filters should be changed quarterly or yearly depending on the filter type and what its used for. Nevertheless at a minimum the HVAC system should be checked every quarter and any issues in the meantime should be reported immediately. This is important because patients with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to airborne pathogens.
Maintaining an HVAC system in a hospital environment can be expensive and time consuming, but keeping the system in good shape and properly maintained can save thousands of dollars in repair costs in the future. In addition, keeping patients and workers safe and infection free is the goal, so expense is relative. Proper maintenance of any HVAC system is important, but when it comes to hospital HVAC and saving lives, nothing could be more important.