CDC Ventilation Standards
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Your indoor air quality is important, especially in the age of COVID-19. As such, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have issued guidance for ventilation in buildings.
Adhering to these guidelines can help you reduce exposures to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and keep your employees, clients, and customers safe. RPF Environmental, Inc. can help you test your air quality, provide COVID-19 environmental services, and recommend ventilation solutions.
Why Is Building Ventilation Important?
Building ventilation is the circulation of air throughout a building. Well-circulated air does not allow pollutants (or viruses) to concentrate and maintains a comfortable temperature and humidity. Businesses circulate air via ventilation systems, which can be as simple as open windows or complex as multi-pronged heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems with filters, ducts, and climate control. Most businesses rely on HVAC systems to deliver an adequate supply of outdoor air and filter outside contaminants.
Unfortunately, ill-maintained HVAC systems can play a role in infectious disease transmission, mold and bacterial growth, and other hazards. Therefore, it is important to have a third party test your building ventilation system and air quality regularly.
To improve the ventilation in your building, you can open windows and doors as weather conditions permit, but please be mindful of outdoor contamination, especially in areas with high pollution.
You can also:
- Open outdoor air dampers to reduce or eliminate HVAC air recirculation (you may need to speak to an HVAC professional)
- Disable demand-controlled ventilation (DVC)
- Rebalance or adjust HVAC systems to increase total airflow to occupied spaces
- Use fans in open windows to exhaust room air to the outdoors and draw outdoor air into the room
- Make sure your ventilation systems are working properly
- Maintain acceptable indoor air quality
- Increase and improve central air filtration (use the MERV-13 or another high-rated filter)
- Inspect and maintain exhaust fans and ventilation systems (in bathrooms, kitchens, cooking areas, etc.)
- Install portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) fans and filtration systems in high-traffic areas
- Keep central ventilation systems and ducts systems clean (consider using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation or UVGI)
- Run your HVAC systems for 2 hours before and 2 hours after your building is occupied or keep systems running 24/7 to enhance their effectiveness
Combined with other safety precautions, adhering to CDC ventilation guidelines can help you reduce the spread of COVID-19 in your building.
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