These days, we’ve become focused on indoor air quality and ventilation. With good reason, best practices for HVAC and cooling are evolving. The US Building code lays a minimum standard for ventilation. However, as public awareness increases, so will standards.
THE COVID AFFECT
Before COVID, the average person never thought about ventilation best practices. Since the pandemic, the need to consult with qualified engineering professionals is real. Let’s talk a bit about the ventilation’s best practices.
A qualified HVAC engineering consultant can be a huge asset. When building a ventilation system, they’ll consider climate, your business or home’s specific needs, who the occupants of the buildings are likely to be.
For instance, in hot and humid climates, proper ventilation becomes paramount. Ventilated air in these areas will be heavy with water vapor. Dehumidifiers have been recommended, and in some cases, they are necessary to maintain good air quality.
Outdoor air intakes are a vital part of a building’s ventilation system. Where these intakes are located should always be taken into account, during the planning stages of construction. Placing air intakes away from pollutants ensures the building’s occupants are safe. Garbage dumpsters, idling cars, smoking areas—these are all spots in and around a building that carry pollutants. An engineering consultant will design a ventilation system that is safe and effective.
SAFETY & HEALTH
Painting, cleaning, or using other chemicals are a great way to keep your building clean and looking fresh. The process of using these products—which are chemicals,—can create pollutants. Increasing rates of ventilation during and after using the chemicals is paramount. This should be taken into account when designing an HVAC or ventilation system. Any area that requires extra cleaning, or is using chemicals, should become the focal points of the HVAC engineering plans.
We take pride in our kitchens and in our bathrooms. They are often the centerpieces of our homes and businesses. What we don’t often realize is that these rooms can carry both moistures—because of water and steam—and chemical pollutants. Engineers that are on the cutting edge will exceed best practices to ensure your focal point rooms are clean and safe.
We live in a new world. Let’s ensure we not only meet but exceed ventilation best practices.