The current crisis highlights the responsibilities of HVACR engineers, along with service and maintenance personnel, building owners and operators to carefully assess building ventilation systems and their conditions. Proper ventilation, with a higher degree of fresh air supply and air exchange, the use of the correct filter types and careful maintenance can be important factors in the containment of the coronavirus outbreak.
Eurovent Middle East outlines basic recommendations, which directly or indirectly bear on the spread of viruses and the well-being of people in occupied spaces. These recommendations are based on an industry wide consensus and should provide guidance on best practises in relation to air filtration and ventilation in the current crisis. While in most cases ventilation systems are a given and cannot be modified in the short term, conducting careful assessment of the ventilation installations and carrying out the correct maintenance measures can assist in preventing the propagation of the virus.
Brian Suggitt, president of Eurovent Middle East said, “We all have our responsibility to support the government’s efforts to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus and minimise its effects. We have put together several recommendations in regard to ventilation and air filtration which we see as important to be followed. While just a small part of the fight against the virus, these measures can have an essential effect in reducing the impact of the disease on our healthcare system.”