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HVAC in the Time of COVID -

Last updated: 10-11-2020

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HVAC in the Time of COVID -

I have no doubt that all readers of this article have adopted, in both their personal and professional lives, the responsible, science-based approach to protecting family, friends and colleagues. The well-known measures of physical distancing, thorough washing of hands and contacted surfaces, isolation for those who are sick or in contact with someone who is sick or after travel have been so effective across Canada. I also suspect that many of you, as professionals in the HVAC industry, have been asked about the role of mechanical systems in responding to the pandemic. Fortunately, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has published statements to define guidance on managing the spread of COVID-19 with respect to the operation and maintenance of HVAC systems in buildings. In part, the statements read “Ventilation and filtration provided by heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems can reduce airborne concentrations of SARS-CoV-2 and thus the risk of transmission through the air. Unconditioned spaces can cause thermal stress to people that may be directly life threatening and that may also lower resistance to infection”.   https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/resources

These important statements by ASHRAE creates both opportunities and responsibilities for our industry in responding to the needs of our clients. To help with this response, HRAI has commissioned the development and delivery of an online workshop series for the fall of 2020 that will empower participants to offer responsible technologies and services in the residential and commercial sector to optimize indoor environmental control during the pandemic and beyond. The workshop will outline how the science supports at least four strategies for enhancing mechanical systems and how they can be implemented most effectively into existing HVAC systems. The role of ventilation, filtration, distribution and humidity control will all be explored. Perhaps as importantly, the workshop will identify how contractors and manufactures can communicate the value and effectiveness of products and services in a responsible manner, demonstrating a long-term commitment to the health, well-being and comfort of your clients.

Watch for communications about this workshop series titled “Selling HVAC Upgrades with Your Clients Health & Comfort in Mind”. It will encourage you to broaden and deepen your product and service offering not only to respond to the immediate, compelling concerns of your clients but to ensure healthier, safer, more comfortable, more durable and more efficient environments in the future.

For more information call HRAI at 800-267-2231 or email training@hrai.ca for more details.  


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