Combatting Contamination: The Power of HVAC Maintenance in Hospitals

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Hospitals play a critical role in our communities, providing essential medical care to patients in need. With their typically high concentration of patients exhibiting various illness and the continuous presence of COVID-19, the importance of hospital HVAC maintenance is more important than ever. One key factor in achieving this goal is ensuring that the hospital’s HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems are properly maintained.

We put together some of the top reasons why HVAC maintenance is essential in hospitals:

  1. Maintaining indoor air quality (IAQ)

Hospitals require a high level of IAQ to promote the health and safety of patients, staff, and visitors. Proper HVAC maintenance can help ensure that clean air is circulating throughout the hospital free of contaminants, allergens, dangerous bacteria, airborne particles, and other harmful germs. Regular maintenance of hospital heating and cooling systems can include changing filters, cleaning ductwork, and ensuring that all components are functioning properly.

  1. Promoting patient comfort

In addition to air quality, HVAC systems also play a critical role in maintaining comfortable temperatures and humidity levels in hospital spaces. Maintaining a consistent and comfortable indoor environment can help patients feel more at ease during their hospital stay, which can ultimately aid in their recovery.

  1. Reducing the spread of contaminants

Hospitals and medical centers are high-traffic areas where germs and bacteria can easily spread. HVAC systems are key in creating negative pressure rooms, often used during operations, which prevents contaminated air from traveling outside of the contained area. In addition, since hospitals are high-traffic areas where germs and bacteria can easily spread, proper filtration and humidity control can greatly reduce the potential of spreading infectious diseases. Regular HVAC maintenance can also help identify and address any potential issues that could contribute to the spread of infections, such as leaks or moisture buildup.

  1. Improving energy efficiency

Routine maintenance not only keeps the air clean and occupants safe, but can also help hospitals reduce energy costs and improve overall efficiency of their HVAC systems. By keeping systems running smoothly and addressing any issues promptly, hospitals can reduce the risk of breakdowns requiring emergency service, reduce the risk of costly repairs, and extend the lifespan of their HVAC equipment.

Overall, preventative maintenance is critical for healthcare facilities to maintain a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment for patients, staff, and visitors. Having a preventive maintenance plan can ensure hospital’s HVAC systems are operating effectively and efficiently, leading to improved IAQ, patient comfort, and energy efficiency.

See what steps can be taken with our HVAC Maintenance Checklist.

By partnering with an experienced commercial HVAC service provider, hospitals can ensure that their systems are functioning at peak efficiency and providing optimal indoor air quality.

Goodway Technologies understands the importance of proper maintenance which is why for over 55 years we have provided facilities the best-in-class equipment to ensure HVAC systems are operating effectively and efficiently. Call today to see how Goodway® can help your facility.

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