Minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in the air
The pandemic has continued to surge despite the introduction of the vaccine, and new, tightened restrictions. A few months ago, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance around airborne transmission. While cleaning for health had centered around sanitizing surfaces and touchpoints, cleaning the air you breathe became just as important. Improving indoor air quality has become a priority for HVAC services like Ainsworth, which is why we released our smartIAQ program in November of 2020.
Airborne Transmission of COVID-19
According to the CDC, COVID-19 can spread through large respiratory droplets which fall quickly; but when transmission is airborne it spreads through smaller droplets that can remain suspended in the air over long distances and time.
The circumstances in which airborne transmission can occur is because of inadequate ventilation or air handling, which allow for a build-up of suspended small respiratory droplets and particles, and enclosed spaces. The CDC recommends “social distancing, masks, hand hygiene, surface cleaning and disinfection, ventilation and avoidance of crowded indoor spaces.” as interventions.
Therefore, spaces that are managed properly and are properly ventilated can reduce the probability of transmission.
Stopping the spread with a 4-step approach
To minimize the risk of airborne transmission, Ainsworth’s team of experts developed the smartIAQ (Indoor Air Quality) program to help everyone breathe a little easier.
The program leverages a number of specialized technologies that measure, monitor and adjust a building’s system to create a healthier indoor environment.
- Enhanced Filtration – A full assessment of your HVAC filtration system and an upgrade to the COVID-19 recommended MERV-13 filter where possible and applicable.
- Dilution Ventilation – Dilution of indoor air with outdoor air to improve indoor air quality using a cloud-based Building Automation System to balance between ventilation and energy consumption.
- Air Purification & Surface Conditioning – The use of ultraviolet lights within the HVAC system and indoor space to sanitize the coil surface and purify indoor air
- Occupancy Management – Providing technology that detects if people in a building are wearing masks, have elevated surface body temperature, and counts how many people are in a specific area in order to follow physical distance and space requirements.
Find out what your HVAC system needs
Ainsworth Inc. can fully assess your HVAC filtration system for ventilation concerns, all while ensuring the highest possible system efficiency.
Contact Ainsworth Inc. to find out more information on how our smartIAQ system can help keep your customers and employees safer and healthier.