PISCATAWAY, NJ — With cold and flu season upon us, spending time reviewing your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, its major components as well as air and water distribution is time well-spent to help mitigate the spread of bacteria, including the H1N1 influenza A virus
, according to a press release
According to the release, Trane Inc.
has provided some commonsense maintenance protocols to ensure the health and safety of building occupants.
Some suggestions include: Monitoring facilities to ensure there is no stagnant water present as it can provide an environment conducive to the growth of problematic microbes; upgrading to higher efficiency air filters and replace them regularly and having maintenance crews wear personal protective equipment to ensure they do not come into contact with contaminants potentially trapped in the HVAC system, the release stated.
Other suggestions include: Checking exhaust fans and air intake dampers to ensure they are functioning properly; and providing staff with training to increase overall awareness about the risks of influenza exposure and the likely ways to contract the virus, the release noted.
Though not directly related to HVAC systems, the most important thing is to stress proper hand hygiene among all building occupants as frequent hand washing is the single best defense against the spread of germs and bacteria, the release added.