As workers begin returning to offices, lots of people have questions about air quality and COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know about staying safe and using HVAC systems in your office or commercial building.
How to keep workplaces safe
According to the EPA, air cleaners and HVAC systems can help to reduce viruses and contaminants inside office buildings. However, they should always be used alongside other safety measures – such as social distancing, wearing masks and disinfecting surfaces regularly.
If you’re not sure what air filtration system your building uses, then check with your HVAC supplier. We’ll be able to recommend maintenance or an upgrade if necessary. Remember: filtration and ventilation systems work best when they are checked and maintained regularly.
Should you be worried about air conditioning?
Some people have asked whether air conditioning systems can spread the coronavirus. However, it’s unlikely that this is a significant problem.
Air circulation systems are designed to filter, purify and circulate air. There are no known cases of COVID-19 caused by infection through air conditioning, according to NPR. Last year, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) released a statement, saying that properly maintained HVAC systems may even reduce the risk of infection.
However, it’s important to maintain air quality by wearing masks and ventilating the building correctly. Anyone who has symptoms or a positive COVID test should stay away from shared offices and commercial buildings.
Air filtration and purification
There are many different filtration options on the market, and some are more effective than others. For Brophy Air partners, we use ionization filtration. This is the most powerful system for removing airborne contaminants and viruses. It’s more effective than simple filtration or even filtration with UVC.
You can use our air systems with confidence. To discuss the needs of your office or commercial building, contact us today!