As we continue to learn, adapt, and move forward during a global pandemic, we understand that poorly ventilated buildings are a significant risk factor in the transmission of COVID-19. Operators and developers who are planning new senior living communities will want to consider air cleaning technology as an option for creating and maintaining cleaner indoor environments that reduce the spread of disease.
Bipolar ionization systems have been tested and found to reduce the levels of various types of airborne contaminants with a MERV equivalent of 13 without the pressure increase of MERV 13 mechanical filters. During the cleaning process, ions attach to airborne particles like dust, dander, and pollen, subsequently increasing their mass and size. This allows the air filtration system to easily capture the larger particles, increasing the capture efficiency of the HVAC system.
In addition to health benefits, this technology can save building owners 30% on conditioning costs because it allows commercial buildings to significantly reduce the amount of outside air required to operate the system. Most importantly, as it relates to fear revolving around COVID-19, bi-polar ionization air cleaners attack and kill viruses, mold spores, and bacteria. The ions steal away hydrogen from the pathogens, leaving them to die.
Bipolar ionization technology is affordably priced and can be installed in new or existing HVAC systems, including rooftop units, PTACs, and VTACs, with little to no maintenance required. This is just one option to consider as you plan your next senior living community. Our team continues to investigate and learn about the impacts of COVID-19 on the design and construction of senior living communities, with a major emphasis on which are the most cost-effective options. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your next project and which solutions are best for you.
Director of Business Development
The Douglas Company
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