Commercial HVAC for Medical and Life Sciences

Commercial HVAC for Hospitals in NY and NJ

Indoor air quality is something patients, families, and friends don’t consider. The indoor air quality of the hospital you are having surgery in, going for help in an emergency, or having your baby is just expected to be clean, safe, and free of harmful things. After all, you go to a hospital to receive help and heal, right? 

Although a hospital HVAC system is not something most of us think about, it’s vitally important. The doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers work hard each day to save lives, control disease, and heal their patients. Worrying about the hospital HVAC system cannot be on the list of to-do items. The hospital staff and administration have their hands full with much more important things. 

No two hospitals are the same. Some needs can be the same while others vary considerably. The size of the facility, location, types of patients you care for, priorities, and goals can give even similar hospitals very different HVAC systems. Stepping back to look at what factors are most important to your facility will help identify the system right for you. Likewise, recognizing your program goals and desires will put you on the path to the best HVAC system for your situation.

We work hard to set up your hospital and healthcare organization’s HVAC system so that you don’t have to think about it. We will keep things running smoothly and worry about any maintenance that needs to happen – leaving you to worry about what’s most important – your patients.

Control Your Risk

Because the HVAC system is so crucial in hospitals to keep patients comfortable and protect them, you want to make sure you’re getting the best, for the best cost. The hospital HVAC system plays an essential role in maintaining a clean environment. Some hospital areas like isolation rooms need to consider specific things that the HVAC system will need to provide. Things like temperature, pressure control, airflow, and more all play a part in the safety of a hospital.

Health care facilities HVAC assumes many roles in hospitals. While it keeps patients and employees comfortable, it also helps the facility control the temperature and humidity levels. Places like operating rooms and equipment sterilization areas require the HVAC system to be somewhat complex, and so a unique design is needed. In addition, exceptional standards and application codes are applied to the design as well as the construction and maintenance of the hospital HVAC system.

Retrofit and Maintain

While it’s crucial to maintain your hospital HVAC system, eventually, it will have to be replaced even with perfect maintenance. Therefore, knowing your options and being able to plan accordingly can be beneficial in many ways.

Replacing an entire HVAC system for a large hospital can be extremely costly and disrupt the facility as a whole. This can cost a hospital thousands of dollars in lost revenue due to the loss of procedures and testing being done, even if for just one day. Because of this, retrofit systems have been designed to minimize both cost and interruptions in your hospital’s daily function by replacing just parts of your HVAC system, a little at a time. When parts are not able to be fixed, they are replaced, eventually upgrading your entire system. 

If your hospital is experiencing any of the following problems, a retrofit upgrade may be the solution.

  • Over 10 years old
  • High energy bills without explanation
  • Many complaints from staff, patients, and visitors about it always being too hot or too cold
  • Continual repair costs that are getting more and more expensive
  • You notice an indoor air quality issue

 

The benefits of a well-planned HVAC retrofit can include:

  • Updated system for the most up-to-date health, safety, and comfort available
  • Energy savings
  • Longer HVAC lifespan
  • Fewer repair costs
  • More comfortable environment
  • A return on investment that you can see and feel quickly

UTA/Handlers

Air handling units used in air conditioning systems in hospitals require more options and even higher quality than the usual, regular systems with which you may be familiar. These units have to meet many requirements and standards to be used in a healthcare facility. 

The UTA air handlers have been specifically designed to meet these requirements, including heating, cooling, humidifying, filtering, and ventilating. They also have to meet thermal and hydrometric standards. Energy efficiency, high quality, and more comfort come along with these specialized systems too. No longer are HVAC systems simply air conditioners and heaters. 

Understanding your hospital’s HVAC needs is what AirLogix specializes in. While some parts of a hospital HVAC system take precedence over other “normally relevant” aspects, we recognize the importance of safety in your patient care. We will help you plan your HVAC design accordingly.

Filtration

Filtration is the way that air quality is continually controlled. The filtration in a hospital is vital to infection control throughout the facility. Typically, two filtration levels are required in most areas of the hospital, while other areas of the hospital can require three levels of filtration. 

It is important to note that it is necessary to map out each space and what it will be used for during the design and installation of a hospital HVAC system. In a hospital, many different kinds of patients are treated. Some of these patients may have infectious and contagious diseases or illnesses requiring a certain amount of isolation. There will also be patients with compromised immune systems (in the ICU, newborn nurseries, neonatal ICUs, and operating rooms). These areas need to be especially protected from those that are infectious through HVAC filtration. 

We have seen a great need for rooms to be isolated and appropriately filtered as we have recently battled COVID-19. Patients and families worried about very sick patients with COVID-19 infecting other areas of the hospital. When proper precautions and high-quality HVAC systems with functioning filtration systems were in place, it was safe and okay to be treated in the same facility. As a result, we all have a renewed recognition and appreciation for these complex systems that keep us safe.

Because many pathogens can actually be transported through the air vents and airflow systems, the filtration designs give added protection from spreading pathogens. These high-level filtration systems make it hard for even the tiniest particles, bacteria, and viruses to settle, which can potentially cause disease. HEPA filtration is used to trap infectious particles, stop bacteria from increasing, and prevent the spread of viruses and other airborne diseases to your most vulnerable patients. 

The filters in the hospital’s HVAC system need to be cleaned and maintained as well. If the filters are not regularly maintained and changed, particles can escape, causing sickness and other infections. Regular maintenance is something you should not ignore or try to skimp on. Controlling the risk of preventable illness should be a priority for any hospital or healthcare location.

Ventilation

Ventilation plays an essential part in providing clean air to the hospital. Air quality control is also one of the most considerable energy costs in an HVAC system. Therefore, keeping the temperature at a comfortable level is critical. But in a hospital environment, keeping certain areas like an operating room at a lower temperature is required. This kind of example requiring a lower temperature at all times can be costly, so saving money in other areas is essential. 

Temperature control is not the only thing involved with ventilation, though. Consider the need for recirculating air at a specific rate in certain areas or during special procedures. The flow of air is also regulated, not to mention the humidity and air pressure required in some regions of the hospital. 

It is important that ventilation systems supply a large amount of outside air to them. This includes bringing in external error as well as getting rid of hospital error outside while still considering that it can be contaminated and trying to avoid outside area contamination. Hospitals have strict procedures to prevent contamination room-to-room. 

It can all get exhausting if you think about it all. We haven’t even covered specific aspects of a hospital HVAC system like odor control, noise levels, and energy efficiency. Breaking it down can help you understand your hospital’s particular needs and requirements. Hiring a professional with experience in hospital HVAC systems will save you from future frustration and unnecessary costs.

Your Hospital HVAC Experts in NY and NJ

Hospital HVAC systems are different from other HVAC systems with which you may be familiar. They require unique design, installation, and maintenance. There are so many different aspects to making sure the hospital HVAC system will provide the temperature control needed and the air filtration, ventilation, and more. You don’t want it to be a guessing game. 

AirLogix knows the ins and outs of this process. Take all the guesswork out of setting up the appropriate hospital HVAC system for your facility. Our team can answer any questions you may have about your current HVAC system. Contact AirLogix for more information or to receive an estimate today.