Birmingham businesses started returning to work this month. For many property owners and building occupiers, conversations shifted to keeping commercial property continually safe from COVID-19. At Maestro, we consistently investigate various strategies to keep your workplace and residence as sanitary as possible. One efficient potential safety measure that we recommend is effective ventilation. While proper ventilation alone cannot prevent COVID-19, it can strengthen COVID prevention when used alongside the CDC and EPAs best practice recommendations. Here’s how to use your HVAC system to help prevent COVID-19:
MAINTAIN AN HVAC FILTER SCHEDULE AND USE QUALITY FILTERS
Updating filters on your HVAC system fulfills one of the critical duties of COVID-19 prevention: timely filter updates keep the air clean as it circulates. In addition to creating a schedule and running your fan, it’s important to use the highest quality filters that will fit in your system. If you need recommendations on the best filters or need help maintaining your HVAC filter schedule, contact us, and we’re happy to ensure your HVAC is running to keep your air filtered.
RUN THE HVAC FAN OFTEN
An HVAC system only filters properly when the fan is running. To get maximum filtration in that case, we encourage extended or constant fan use. If you’re concerned about the electrical cost of running the fan or the logistics of running an HVAC fan often, reach out to Maestro. We can find the most cost-effective way to use your HVAC fan for the healthiest results possible for your HVAC system.
ADJUST COOLING AND HEATING OPERATIONS
Consider adjusting your HVAC system to accommodate healthier building operations. Because HVAC systems influence the contents of the air we breathe, simple changes to the heating, venting, and air-conditioning systems can reduce airborne exposures related to COVID-19 and other illnesses. As you stagger on-site schedules or designate rooms of operation, consider building your new plan and layout with your HVAC internal flow in mind.
MAINTAIN STABLE AND COMFORTABLE TEMPERATURE IN THE WORKPLACE
As we move into summer, HVAC maintenance and management is crucial for keeping the workplace temperature stable and comfortable. While keeping an office cool is important for productivity, it’s also important to realize that it’s a matter of physical health. Warm temperatures “can cause thermal stress to people that may be directly life-threatening, and that may also lower resistance to infection.” In this regard, healthy HVAC systems that expertly compensate for the heat and cool the space can mean healthier staff, clients, and other occupants. In our HVAC services, we specialize in finding ways to keep your space cool, which is healthier, while focusing on efficiency, which can save money for your business. Contact us if you have questions on how to keep your building cool in an affordable way.
OPEN THE OUTSIDE AIR INTAKE VENT
An outside air intake vent is rare, so it may not apply to your HVAC system. However, if your system has one, make sure to open this outside air intake of your HVAC system. The outside air intake ventilation system brings in fresh air to move through enclosed spaces so that the air breathed in and out is continuously renewed. If you have questions about how to find this vent or best ways to circulate fresh air in, feel free to contact us, and we’re happy to give expert advice on any system.
HVAC upgrades, repair, and maintenance are services that fall under Maestro’s specialties. We feel confident that this list will help illuminate the importance of HVAC support in preventing airborne illnesses. At Maestro, we look forward to working with you to ensure safe and healthy business practices for returning to work in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.