Hospitals and healthcare facilities are 24/7 living, breathing environments and that means that maintaining indoor air quality is an integral part of operations and vital in the effort to prevent the spread of airborne disease, especially in critical areas of hospitals, in which patients are immunocompromised. This is exactly why regular air duct cleaning needs to be performed by licensed and experienced professionals.
In addition, HVAC system cleaning allows systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components, and clean, efficient HVAC systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span, and generally operate more effectively than dirty systems.
Here are five traits healthcare engineers can keep in mind when searching for a contractor to help keep air quality high at their facility:
1. Industry Standard
Schedule routine servicing and cleaning of air ducts with a contractor who is trained in and uses use the HVAC industry’s standard requirements – ACR: The NADCA Standard – to ensure that HVAC systems are assessed, cleaned and restored safely and efficiently.
2. Preventative Solutions
In addition to routine servicing and cleaning, facilities manager and healthcare engineers should also keep an eye forward to work with their air duct provider on preventative maintenance solutions that stop problems before they start.
3. Focused on Partnership
Does your contractor work with (and around) the needs of your nursing staff, engineers, and facilities personnel? Are they proactive in building relationships and developing plans to keep everyone on the same page and working effectively and safely?
4. Certification Expertise
Is your air quality and air duct cleaning partner experienced in achieving and maintaining certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations?
5. Valid License
Always check the license status of your contractor. You can look up your contractor at http://www.cslb.ca.gov or call 1-800-321-2752.
By looking out for these five traits, you can be more secure in your choice of an air duct cleaning provider that understands the unique needs and challenges presented in a healthcare facility.