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If you’ve previously installed UV-C, have a look at these three tactics that have helped stop COVID-19 from spreading. While UV-C technology, which has been properly designed and implemented in commercial and institutional facilities, can help control the spread of the coronavirus, managers who are in charge of maintenance can develop additional strategies to combat COVID-19.

HEPA Filtration: 99.9% of particles with a diameter of 0.3 microns or greater are captured by HEPA filters. Pollen, dust, germs, and viruses are examples of these particles. Although the coronavirus has a diameter of around 0.1 microns, it may easily be captured by a HEPA filter since it is often connected to inhaled water droplets that are 5 microns or bigger.

The expensive cost of HEPA filters, as well as the higher fan energy needs, associated with their usage, have restricted their use to specialized applications, such as medical institutions and more. A portable HEPA unit is an alternative solution that is quite inexpensive to buy and maintain. Because the system must raise or lower the temperature of outside air to the temperature of the conditioned area, higher outdoor-air ventilation rates enhance heating and air conditioning expenses. Managers can select these systems, which feature a fan, for cleansing air in high-risk locations or regions that require further protection. Based on the scale of the application, several capacity units are available.

Rates of Outdoor Air Ventilation

HVAC systems have changed  to operate with the least amount of outside air as feasible. Increased volumes of outside air, reduce pollutants in the indoor air, particularly COVID-19, but this benefit comes at a cost. Higher levels of outdoor-air ventilation may not assist much in the war against the coronavirus, since they may not decrease the spread of the virus from person to person indoors. However, increased ventilation rates combined with other best practises can help prevent the virus from spreading from one section of a building to another handled by the same system.

Humidity

The influence of humidity levels in interior places has been studied, and it has been shown that a relative humidity of 40-60% may help prevent the transmission of the coronavirus. Researchers have discovered that it stays airborne for longer, allowing it to fly further in drier environments. Not all HVAC systems can keep up with these temperatures, especially in the winter. Managers must ensure that personnel closely monitor the performance of HVAC systems and conditioned areas for condensation and the formation of mould if they seek to maintain higher humidity levels.

Soul Mechanical specialises in problem-solving mechanical issues existing in commercial buildings. Trust that we have just the right building pragmatics & affordable solutions for you. We collaborate not only to meet all of our clients’ needs, but also to be there for them at every stage of the process, from start to finish.

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