Conlan in journal article: Be careful changing HVAC to remove virus from indoor air

In the Institute of Real Estate Management’s January/February issue of the Journal of Property Management, Wade Conlan, P.E., CxA, BCxP, LEED AP® BD+C, cautions that building owners must do their research before altering heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC) to reduce the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in indoor air.

Wade, Hanson’s commissioning and energy discipline manager, talked to author Jeff Lapin for his article about new technology for HVAC systems involving filtration, air handlers, bipolar ionization and ultraviolet light to help reduce virus transmission in buildings. Wade recommends evaluating the building’s applications, considering the HVAC systems’ design limitations and consulting commissioning professionals before making changes that may cause system issues. Read the article, “Come on Back, the Air is Fine!” here.

Hear Wade discuss how to analyze your HVAC systems and what engineering controls can be applied in the ASHRAE Learning Institute’s Jan. 27 course, “Reopening Commercial Buildings: Evaluating Your HVAC System’s Readiness to Mitigate the Spread of SARS-CoV-2.” Wade will be joined by Luke Leung, P.E., who is a member of ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force with Wade. Click here to register.