How Advanced Ventilation Can Improve Hospital Care. –
Almost nowhere is indoor environmental quality (IEQ) more critical than in hospitals and health care facilities. And, in the Tampa Bay area, hospitals must be air conditioned. Unfortunately, the high energy cost of air conditioning can sometimes lead to inadequate and improperly designed systems that don’t provide enough ventilation. Since many of the visitors to a hospital are patients who are ill, and more susceptible than the general public to developing adverse reaction from poor IEQ, the quality of the indoor air is paramount. Additionally, a hospital’s air conditioning and ventilation systems can be exposed to a variety of microbes and airborne contaminants. In the absence of the right ventilation strategies, these illness and disease bearing pollutants can negatively impact the health and comfort off all the hospital’s occupants – visitors and employees – and not just the patients.
Hospitals also use materials that, if broken or improperly disposed of, can result in the release of harmful airborne contaminants such as mercury and dioxin. Mercury can be found in thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, older thermostats and fluorescent lamps, and dioxin can be emitted when products containing PVC, such as some IV bags and surgical tubing, are burned.
In addition to these harmful environmental toxins, hospitals must consider how airborne particles influence overall IEQ, since these particles can form fine particle aerosols that transport disease-causing microbes. Without efficient ventilation and filtration systems, a hospital could be seriously limiting its operational safety.
Tampa Air Conditioning Service and Multiparameter Demand-Controlled Ventilation
When investigating green – that is, sustainable and energy efficiency — air conditioning and ventilation solutions, hospital administrators should consider the advantages of implementing a multiparameter demand-controlled ventilation system. This dynamic method of ventilation senses a variety of airborne contaminants and increases the ventilation rate to dilute and purge the affected spaces. The system utilizes multiple sample points or sensors that are placed in various areas of the hospital to measure contaminants in real time. Air samples are collected from each area every few minutes and analyzed locally or transported to a centralized sensor array for analysis.
Several hospitals have already implemented safer and more energy efficient ventilation strategies through local air conditioning services in Tampa. In addition to new construction, older Tampa hospitals have retrofitted their air conditioning and ventilation systems to accommodate a safer, more efficient approach to ventilation and cooling.
What to Look for in Florida Air Conditioning Contractors
When the safety and well being of patients, visitors and staff is on the line, Florida hospital administrators should look for air conditioning contractors with a strong track record of working with healthcare facilities. Specific hospital HVAC technology implementation is vital to maintaining a secure and efficient building and only a handful of Florida air conditioning contractors qualify to perform these services.
In addition to having experience designing, installing and maintaining multiparameter demand-controlled ventilation systems, hospital administrators should look for a Florida air conditioning contractor that is:
• MSCA Green Star certified
• An Energy Star partner provider
• Has LEED accredited professionals on staff
• Has a demonstrated understanding of the relationship between ventilation/filtration and healthcare acquired infections.
Ask your Florida air conditioning contractors for a list of both new construction and retrofit hospital projects in their portfolio. Find out more about how implementing a more efficient, multiparameter demand-controlled ventilation system can improve the IEQ and overall safety of the hospital facility.