The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people and businesses across the nation. In Florida, where MaintenX is headquartered, there have been over 130,000 cases reported when this article was written. The numbers are climbing higher, and closures are foreseen for several more months.
With this pandemic on the rise, many businesses are looking for ways to keep their customers and employees safe. If they are not currently closed, most businesses are taking extra precautions to minimize contact and spread of disease. However, there is one way in which many businesses could help prevent coronavirus contact that is often overlooked HVAC maintenance.
Your HVAC system is a warm, dark, and moist environment that fosters the growth of bacteria and viruses all the time. This is typically not a problem, but with a novel virus spreading through the air, your HVAC system could be a real danger to tenants if it is not maintained. By cleaning your HVAC system regularly, you could potentially stop the spread of coronavirus at your facility.
Changing your air filters and scheduling preventative maintenance checks on your HVAC system as a whole can help reduce exposure risk; however, it is not the only step that should be taken. Despite the warm summer weather, it is also predicted that strong airflow from fans and air conditioning could spread the virus farther from person to person. While you need air conditioning to stay open during the summer, it is best not to blast it to capacity. Instead, choose lower settings and keep the A/C on all day to maintain a cooler temperature.
If a staff member has tested positive, you may also need to schedule a thorough cleaning of your entire facility. This will include cleaning and maintenance of your HVAC system, but will also include surface cleaning and potentially sterilization of the space if applicable. This situation is serious, but it can be handled with the help of your local health department and cooperation from staff.
These preventative measures, as well as staying on top of local and national COVID-19 information will help keep you and your tenants safe. MaintenX is also here to help you maintain your facility with comprehensive HVAC and preventative maintenance services.
We offer affordable self-performing maintenance services that make it easy for you to get the job done on your schedule and budget. Every facility has different needs, which is why we work with you one-on-one to ensure the service you need is the service you get. For more information, contact your local MaintenX team today!