Business owners throughout Georgia and the rest of the country are still and for the foreseeable future navigating pandemic reopenings, return-to-work plans for their employees, and safe business practices for their customers through social distancing and mask-wearing.
This all takes a lot of planning and strategy. With new developments cropping up on a weekly basis. One of the latest concerns is how to make air conditioning and heating systems safe in this pandemic era. Read on to learn more!
Following CDC Guidelines
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has had COVID-19 HVAC guidelines in place since April, which include recommendations from ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), such as improving ventilation by increasing the amount of outdoor air, boosting the capacity of an HVAC system, and extending the hours of operation of the HVAC system so air is more diluted when occupants arrive.
Another tactic to improve indoor air health is investing in proper indoor air quality products. In higher risk areas this can mean the addition of HEPA air filters to filter out tiny particles. This also means the installation of air purification systems, which are incredibly beneficial for homeowners as well.
We provide air filtration and air purification systems too, such as the Fresh-Aire APCO-X Whole House Air Purifier, which is designed to revolutionize indoor air quality with significantly improved performance, functionality, and reliability.
What Are Local Businesses Doing?
A number of local businesses and institutions are trying various HVAC and indoor air quality tactics. Take Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts, for example. They have installed a “medical-grade filtration system” to clean the air in its classrooms. The H13 filters “remove 99.9% of air particles,” the center said in a press release.
Restaurants, namely Ray’s on the River, are installing precautions like UV lights in their HVAC systems, as these indoor air quality products tackle bacteria that can be resting inside the cool, damp environment of HVAC ductwork.
And MARTA recently announced that its Board of Directors has approved an $850,000 project to add ionizers (another type of air purification system) to air conditioning systems in various offices. This includes the transit agency’s Buckhead headquarters.
Local public school districts are also taking the precautions they can, as air quality in schools has become a more pressing issue with students and staff returning in-person. School officials have been following the CDC and ASHRAE guidelines on how to introduce more fresh air into their facilities and improve the health of the air indoors.
It is important to remember that no business owner can guarantee the effectiveness of these air filtration and air purification systems in combatting COVID-19 as not enough is known about this virus to make that determination. The best thing you can do for your home and your family is to take the proper precautions recommended by the CDC and the World Health Organization.