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School HVAC Systems and COVID-19

Indianapolis-based architectural and engineering firm Fanning Howey, which specializes in school design, construction and maintenance, is advising its school clients to bring in more outside air, turn on UV lights and to change air filters on a regular basis.

“Some HVAC systems control the amount of outdoor air flow based on the demand. For example, your gymnasium HVAC system may bring in less outdoor air when it is at a reduced occupancy. This energy-savings measure makes sense in a typical situation. However, the spread of the coronavirus is not a typical situation. Consider asking your HVAC vendor or your engineering consultant to stop the demand control ventilation for now. Setting your system to design outside airflow will maximize the amount of clean air in the building.”

The firm also advised its clients to wipe down the inside of air handlers but to be careful about coil cleaning because the wrong products or coil cleaning procedures can damage coils.

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