Covid HVAC - Start up Your Facility Safer This Year

HVAC and COVID: Start Up Your Facility Safer

As the weather starts to warm up, it may be time to start up the air conditioning for the first time this season for your business. This process comes with a few maintenance steps, including checking parts to see if they’re working correctly after sitting stagnant for months. Another factor to consider is how COVID-19 will affect your HVAC system and its efficiencies to reduce the spread of the virus. HVAC systems are taken into consideration during this time, setting up extra precautions in the settings and maintaining your current system to reduce the flow of virus-filled droplets. 

Equipment Inventory

Many HVAC systems already have filters in place. They are made to blow around the air and adequately ventilate a building. People want to feel a slight breeze in the air around them, but not when the person a few tables over is coughing. Here is a list of all the equipment maintenance to take into consideration for your Spring HVAC startup:

  • Air filters can be used to sift out the particles in the air that may spread from person to person. There are a variety of air filters available, with HEPA air filters blocking out even the tiniest particles, such as viruses and bacteria. Changing out your filters at the beginning of each season will ensure that your air stays as clean as possible. 
  • Condensate drains can be dirty or clogged, causing water damage to the building or the equipment. Be sure that the drains are cleaned and ready for the equipment to start up again. This can be done at the end of the summer. Look to see if this step was skipped as standing water can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. 
  • Condenser coils can collect debris through the season changes as pollen and leaves float through the air. Dirty coils can lead to problems with the compressor, the most expensive part of an HVAC system. So it’s essential to make sure they are clean and ready for the startup. 

An HVAC professional can help you get your system up and running for the warmer months. Along with the startup, they can assess COVID-19 precautions to keep the surrounding air clean and free of pathogens that may spread. 

Seasonal Maintenance Needs

As with any HVAC system that has been on standby through the winter, these seasonal maintenance checks are vital to your system’s success. It is better to fix parts that aren’t at their best after a winter break than to run your system with faulty components. This may cost you more money in monthly utilities or risk a breakdown when you need air conditioning the most. 

At the beginning of each season, it is a good idea to take a look at your HVAC system and take any preventative steps to keep it working efficiently. A maintenance agreement with experts in the industry will elongate the life of your HVAC system and save you money in the long haul. 

Your ventilation systems are vital to preventing the transmission of COVID-19. Speak with a professional on how the regular Spring maintenance of your COVID HVAC system can include COVID preventative measures. 

COVID Factors to Consider

Over the past year, scientists have discovered more about the spread of Coronavirus. You can consider many factors that have been proven to prevent COVID-19 when you are planning our HVAC restart for the season: 

  • Adequate Airflow: The spread of COVID-19 seems to occur while amongst indoor air through aerosol transmission, as droplets float from one person to another. When you have sufficient airflow with open windows and heating ventilation and air, then the viral particles can find their way into the open air rather than passing from person to person. 
  • Social Distancing: You can prevent droplets from entering through the eyes and nose of people by maintaining a safe distance from one another. At work, sit at least 6 feet apart and rearrange the seating to adhere to the recommended distance. 
  • Face Coverings: If you are in close contact with others and not able to spread out with 6 feet between one another, then face coverings are a great alternative safety precaution. Masks prevent viral droplets from passing into the airstream of those around you. 

Considering what we know about infectious diseases like COVID-19, we can do our part in stopping the spread. This can include arming our HVAC systems with upgraded filters, efficient and up-to-date parts, and taking other COVID precautions. 

Maintenance Agreements

You can enter into a maintenance agreement with a trusted team like AirLogix and glean from their knowledge and expertise at each seasonal change. When it is time to start up your system, the team will work with you to take precautions with your HVAC system to prevent airborne transmission of the virus. 

Maintenance agreements are growing in popularity. It puts commercial building owners at ease to know they have experts to call on when dealing with an unfamiliar HVAC system. You are not expected to know it all when it comes to your seasonal HVAC startup. 

Air cleaning is essential to stop the spread of any sicknesses and also comes with the benefit of reducing allergies. Talk to our team at AirLogix about our maintenance agreements today. 

Commercial HVAC Contractors in NY and NJ

With any air conditioning HVAC system, you need to take the necessary maintenance steps when starting up the system after a long hiatus. Hire a trusted team like AirLogix to check out your system and get it ready for the long summer ahead. The last thing you want to do is neglect your system and have an outage in the middle of a heatwave. 

You can also rely on AirLogix to change out filters and implement proper ventilation controls to limit the spread of COVID-19 in your building. We value our customers and want them to be safe with updated COVID HVAC precautions. Contact AirLogix today to start up your facility safer!

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