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As winter draws in for much of the Northern Hemisphere, and people spend more of their time inside, indoor air quality is climbing up the agenda as an important consideration when it comes to COVID-19.

We wrote previously about how UltraViolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) can help clean indoor air. An article this summer from McKinsey goes into more detail about whether HVAC Systems can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As rightly mentioned in the above McKinsey article, there is a very serious threat of the spread of Coronavirus through HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems. These systems continuously recirculate indoor air to condition (basically to cool or heat) the working and living spaces in many commercial and residential buildings.

Because of the continuous recirculation, the same contaminated air might be inhaled by the occupants. One way to overcome this problem is to flush out the contaminated air with the outside fresh air.

Unfortunately cooling fresh air is a very expensive affair and many buildings will restrict the amount of outside fresh air, choosing recirculation instead to save on power consumption.

We here at Serck fully understand the gravity of this issue and have the right products and services to mitigate and overcome it.

Serck manufactures heat pipes and offers heat wheels and plate heat exchangers which considerably increases the efficiency (up to 40%) of the Fresh Air Handling Unit’s (FAHU) cooling capacity. Thus, the FAHUs can be used with a higher proportion of fresh, outdoor air which will enhance the ventilation of the space, as the fresh air flushes out the contaminated air.

Serck Services also offers eco-smart solutions of UV lamps emitting UV-C lights. UV light refers to short-wavelength ultraviolet “light” (radiant energy) and is a proven technology when it comes to eliminating or inactivating bacteria, viruses (including coronavirus) and other harmful microorganisms that pose a risk to human health. 

UV lamps can be easily installed in the Air Handling Units (AHU) of HVAC system either before or after the cooling coils or in the ducts. 

If you would like to talk to our experts about how adjusting or upgrading your HVAC system can help keep your costs in control, while keeping your building residents and occupants safe this winter, please contact us today.