Effective COVID-19 Mitigation for HVAC Systems
With a flood of information about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technologies to combat the spread of airborne viruses such as COVID-19, the consulting engineer might ask, “How do I select systems and equipment to best meet the owner’s requirements and specific project goals?” The following list of variables should be considered:
- Permanent vs temporary.
- Acceptable level of maintenance is acceptable.
- New construction or renovation project constraints.
- Equipment requirement to achieve published “effectiveness” or “kill rate.”
The consulting engineer should look at a few of the specific questions/criteria that make the difference between doing something and being effective when designing HVAC systems to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
In a recent article for Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Erick Phelps, PE, and Rick Wood, PE, explore many of the technologies available for HVAC systems to combat the spread of COVID-19 and detail why not all systems apply to all building types. (The article begins on page 12.)View Article