Hospitals are normally packed with a hive of activities. They are large in structure and there are lots of visitors, employees and patients being taken care of. Not only that, patients’ medicines are stored in the hospital. If the HVAC system goes down, the consequences can be pretty serious for visitors, patients and staff. It’s important that the HVAC system in hospitals performs optimally while also saving energy.
When the HVAC system in a hospital is fully optimized, lives can be saved. So what’s the importance of optimizing HVAC systems for hospitals? And what are the ways of optimizing hospital HVAC performance?
Importance of optimizing hospital HVAC systems
Energy is saved.
Hospitals consume an insane amount of energy on a daily basis. With a well-optimized HVAC system, energy efficiency is optimized, hence allowing the hospital to save money on energy consumption and achieve its sustainability targets.
Medical equipment can be kept in temperature-controlled settings.
There are lots of medical equipment in hospitals that are temperature sensitive and deserve proper care in terms of temperature and humidity. Examples of such equipment include dental products, laboratory reagents, dialysis supplies etc. For these products to survive and efficiently treat patients, their refrigerated containers need to be in sync with an HVAC system that’s well-optimized. If the HVAC is faulty, the shelf-life of this medical equipment will be jeopardized.
Smart systems can help immensely.
A standard HVAC system may not be able to be fully optimized. While optimizing the system to be smart can be expensive to hospitals, the cost savings can be immense. If the system is optimized using smart technology, it will be easy and efficient to monitor the temperatures in patients’ rooms and other floor rooms, hence automatically managing hospital air conditioning systems.
3 Ways to optimize hospital HVAC systems
According to James Ellis, CEO of Health Care Realty Development Company, the following ways can help optimize hospital HVAC Systems:
- Reduce HVAC usage in rooms that are not occupied. A room that isn’t occupied does not have the same temperature control requirements as one that has an occupied bed.
- Have the fan motors installed with variable frequency drivers. According to a report by the US Department of Energy, having the fan motors installed with variable frequency drivers can lower energy usage in fans by 50%. Unlike a constant air volume system, in rooms that need low ventilation, a variable air volume system controls airflow depending on the room demands.
- Upgrade to displacement ventilation (DV). Displacement Ventilation lowers ventilation air change and hence boosts efficiency and saves energy.