Medical Facility IAQ: Staving off Biological Contaminants

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St. Charles County Mechanical HVAC Pro Prescribes Remedies

Although medical facilities and clinics are the last-place patients expect to contract a virus, these are the most vulnerable environments. It all has to do with the mechanical HVAC system, a common source of biological contaminants. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that infections due to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is on the rise globally. Because these invasive infections pose very few therapeutic options, modifying patient-care standards and air quality can influence the spread of disease.

“For most of the hospitals, clinics and medical offices we serve, there’s a balancing act between healthy indoor air quality and energy conservation. Nevertheless, a variation of mechanical HVAC systems can stave off biological contaminants” declares a mechanical contractor in St. Charles County.

Air filters account for a small component in managing indoor air quality (IAQ).

While a high-efficiency particulate arrestors (HEPA) filter plays an integral part of indoor air quality (IAQ) in a medical environment, other mechanical systems complement healthy air and energy conservation.

In medical environments, humidity control is critical for maintaining healthy indoor air quality and mold growth prevention. In clinics, hospitals and other medical offices, mold grows at almost 50% without proper dehumidification.

Please read more on dehumidification in St. Charles County.

A building automation control system enables medical facilities to maintain

indoor air quality coalesced with energy conservation. Because Trane’s data communication protocol for building automation and control systems has been approved by both the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, (ASHRAE) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI), several mechanical contractors in St. Charles County use the company’s proprietary BACnet. In hospital, clinics and doctor’s offices, a BAC can be programmed to manage lighting, air handlers, and other zone control systems.

Please dial 314.664.3536 to schedule an HVAC check up for your St. Charles County commercial property.