Keeping Healthcare Facilities Safe from Season to Season

Healthcare facilities have been inundated and running at full capacity for more than a year now. These facilities’ HVAC systems have also been running at “full capacity.” With guidelines frequently being updated and re-tested, it is important to stay on top of HVAC/BAS maintenance, especially in high-risk buildings like healthcare facilities.

As of April 5, 2021, ASHRAE released the following updated statement: “Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is significant and should be controlled. Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, can reduce airborne exposures.”

In addition to negative pressure in healthcare facilities, other concerns are usually ventilation and filtration. When these features fail, facilities are put in a perilous situation of not being able to safely operate and then become a risk to all who enter the building. So as buildings begin to transition from spring to summer, and older guidelines to newer, be sure to do due diligence with the building’s HVAC/BAS systems. It’s important to catch break/fix issues before they have the chance to cause building-wide problems.

In fact, here are a few ways to get you started on this season’s transitional maintenance:

  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Inspect and monitor thermostats and humidity sensors.
  • Inspect all pressure sensors.
  • Clean all pertinent parts, such as evaporators and condenser coils, to ensure top performance.
  • Inspect and clean moving parts for wear and tear.
  • Inspect and check the ductwork and electrical connections.

HVAC/BAS systems are essential to the health of healthcare facilities. By keeping the systems healthy, you’re helping to keep the people inside safe and healthy as well. Ensure that health by keeping up with the 3 M’s of HVAC—maintenance, monitoring, and management—and critical seasonal checks. Kele’s here to help, and we have almost anything you need in stock and ready to ship today. Call or shop online at kele.com. If you need to order your full BOM or a list of products, use My Project Portal. Kele’s got you covered.

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