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HVAC Considerations in the Healthcare & Medical Industry

Published by Jennifer Fletcher

 HVAC systems play a crucial role in maintaining the health and comfort of people in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Because of this, choosing the right HVAC option for a facility goes beyond what’s energy efficient and cost-effective. Here are some of the most important things to consider according to our team of air conditioning and heating repair experts.

Filtration. Depending on the type of medical facility, the HVAC system may or may not have special features designed to provide better air filtration. For example, units with HEPA filters are necessary in surgical rooms and ICUs to help reduce the amount of potentially harmful airborne particulates. Regular patient rooms, on the other hand, have more leeway when it comes to an HVAC system’s ability to keep the air clean.

Accurate temperature control. Heating service experts say that a room’s temperature can have a significant effect on a patient’s comfort level and ability to recover. For example, burn patients tend to recover faster in warmer conditions (around  89 degrees Fahrenheit), while those who’ve undergone brain surgery require a cooler environment because their body’s heat regulation may be compromised.

Airflow. In addition to regulating temperature and air quality, an HVAC system in a medical facility must also provide plenty of airflow. This prevents “stale” air,  which could just end up circulating back into the room. This is especially important for immunocompromised patients who are more likely to have problems if there’s poor airflow in the room.

Low maintenance. Because HVAC systems in medical facilities must be operational at all times, a unit that requires too much maintenance can cause problems for the patients. Air conditioning installation experts say that HVAC units for medical facilities are designed to be low-maintenance to minimize downtime and ensure that patients remain comfortable.

Learn more about HVAC systems for healthcare facilities here. Modern Air Solutions Inc is one of the leading HVAC contractors in the area. You can call us at 630-884-4181 or fill out this contact form to request a quote.

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