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Tips for mitigating influenza in buildings and facilities

December 22, 2010
DAVIDSON, NC — 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 influenza, according to a press release.
Some of the precautions may be based in adopting simple commonsense measures, while others are related to proper maintenance protocols, the release stated.
Trane Commercial Systems provided a list of tips for organizations to help mitigate health risks, the release noted.
According to the release, facility managers should use available tools and services to be proactive in monitoring your building: Use a building automation system, if available, to monitor your building and consider remote monitoring to give you reports of problems before they escalate.
One simple upgrade facilities can implement is to replace air filter types with a higher efficiency filter; as filter efficiency increases, typically their resistance to airflow also increases, the release added.
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