The National Institute of Health projects that by 2030 nearly 20 percent of the United States’ population will be over the age of 65. To meet this rapidly growing demographic, the assisted-living industry is creating new facilities across the country. However, assisted-living operators need to be sure these buildings have HVAC systems that efficient and safe. Leaks, dirty ducts and poor circulation can cause detrimental health effects to seniors and building occupants.
The U.S. Small Business Administration notes that HVAC equipment accounts for 40 percent of energy usage in commercial buildings. With machines running every day, it’s critical to have energy efficient equipment.
Ducts can gather dander, pollen, dirt, and other containments that affect the air you breathe. Those with allergies and pre-existing breathing conditions are at an even higher risk for symptoms of headaches, congestion, sore throats, eye irritation and more. Cleaning the ducts will not only allow for better circulation, but also higher efficiency.
Filters help prevent the ducts from collecting contaminants. Without filter changes, the filter can become overloaded and unable to do its job. High-efficiency HVAC systems use larger filters that last nearly six months, and have the ability to remove smaller particles from the air.
By switching to energy efficient HVAC equipment in your assisted-living facility, you’re not only saving money in energy costs, but also better protecting and sustaining the health of your seniors. Contact Best Mechanical today to learn more about the importance of efficient HVAC in your building today.