Properly installed and maintained HVAC systems for hospitals are an integral part of their operation and their dispensation of care. We generally think of a hospital as a place where people to get better and recover from any of the health issues that are plaguing them. Before this happens, however, they have to actually go there, and bring with them, all of the germs and bacteria associated with their conditions. It’s a place where infection and bacteria can thrive, particularly in environments where temperatures aren’t properly regulated and, and a place where people are often already susceptible to respiratory ailments, pneumonia and a host of other health issues that can be exacerbated by poor air quality.
Universal Mechanical Group understands the critical importance of a hospital’s HVAC system, and the role that it plays in keeping patients comfortable during their stay, and employees comfortable during their work shift. We proudly partner with hospitals and healthcare centers all over New Jersey. Whether it’s major hospitals in Alpine, NJ; East Rutherford, NJ; Edgewater, NJ; Englewood, NJ; Franklin lakes, NJ; Glen Rock, NJ; Mahwah, NJ; Maywood, NJ; or Palisades Park, NJ, or smaller and more specialized outpatient care facilities in Paramus, NJ; Ridgewood, NJ; Rutherford, NJ; Saddle Brook, NJ; Saddle River, NJ; Ho Ho Kus, NJ; Demarest, NJ; Woodcliff Lakes, NJ, we’re looking forward to helping you.
Contact us today at (973) 866-5445 to learn more about what we can do for you. We’re ready to help you keep your patients safe and healthy.
Care and Comfort: Why Your Hospital Needs A Quality HVAC System
There are multiple specific air-quality and temperature-regulation requirements for hospitals that make it critically important to have an optimal, regularly maintained and properly running HVAC system. It’s not like a retail environment or storefront, where occupants might be able to “brave” the unpleasant environment for a little while.
There are numerous health-sensitive factors to consider, including everything from trying to get patients’ temperatures down to avoid potentially fatal fever or pneumonia, to airborne illnesses that could aggravate asthma and other respiratory issues to the proper storage of medication to the avoidance of mold issues that are often caused by moisture in a poorly maintained cooling system.
We don’t often think of an HVAC system as a key component of a hospital’s success, but imagine the decline in patients’ experience, and the potential risks to their health if they’re too hot, too cold or forced to breathe unsafe air. Your hospital’s heating and cooling system play a critical role in your patients’ health, and Universal Mechanical Group is here to help all New Jersey hospital’s make sure they get the help they need.
Some of the Most Common Health Issues Associated with A Poorly Maintained HVAC System include:
- Respiratory and Breathing Issues from Particulates and Airborne Bacteria
- High Body Temperatures Due to Underperforming Cooling Systems
- Cold, Flu and Pneumonia from an Underperforming Heating System
- Aggravation of Asthma, Allergies and Other Existing Health Conditions
Universal Mechanical Group is ready to help you safeguard your patients against these issues by ensuring a properly running and exceptionally performing commercial HVAC system.
How Can We Your Hospital’s HVAC System Run at Its Best?
For years, Universal Mechanical Group has been partnering with hospitals, doctors offices and healthcare providers throughout the state to ensure a safe, comfortable and healthy environment for their patients, colleagues employees and all guests. Whether your hospital is in Essex county, NJ Livingston, NJ, West orange, NJ, Essex fells, NJ, Montclair, NJ, Short Hills, NJ, Millburn, NJ, Caldwell, NJ or anywhere else in the state, we’re ready to help. We offer a comprehensive array of hospital HVAC services, including:
Hospital HVAC System Maintenance
So much of your HVAC’s system’s longevity begins with proper maintenance at the appropriate intervals. A hospital’s environment is not like any other. There are multiple unseen air-quality risks of which to be mindful that could be severely compounded by improper or imbalanced airflow. Regular and judicious maintenance of your heating and cooling system will help avoid these risks.
Because your hospital’s HVAC system is running 24-7, and it can literally be a life-or-death situation, Universal Mechanical Group recommends you have your system professionally maintained at least 3-4 times per year, during which we will inspect and clean all components, hoses, condensers, coils and all other parts; ensure refrigerant levels are optimized in your cooling system; and program and check your thermostat to ensure it’s not tripping or causing your heating or cooling system to overperform.
We will also change all air filters to ensure, troubleshoot all system components and alert you of any major repair issues that will need to be made immediately or in the short-term future.
Proper maintenance of your hospital’s HVAC system is key to ensuring its performance, longevity and health…just like the human body.
Hospital HVAC System Repair
Another similarity between HVAC systems and the human body is that, no matter how well it’s maintained, age and time will ultimately lead to wear and tear, and breakdown. The average HVAC system can last around 20 years; however, along the way, there will doubtlessly be some repair issues.
These can include anything from blower motors to condensers to coils to thermocouples to flame sensors, pilot light switches and a variety of other issues. While you certainly not know exactly how to fix these issues, the one thing you do know intuitively is that letting them go can prematurely age your system, and force you to consider expensive replacement before you may have had to if these issues as they arose. Again, like the human body…when it’s sick, you treat it. The same can be said for your hospital’s HVAC system.
Universal Mechanical Group provides expert diagnosis of your HVAC system’s issue, gives you the fairest and most affordable price in the area on repairs, and performs quick, clean and guaranteed work. We are available day or night to address whatever issues may arise in your HVAC system.
Hospital HVAC Replacement and Installation
Eventually, however, it will be time to replace your entire hospital HVAC system. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your current heating and cooling system, installing a system at an entirely new medical facility or looking to replace your current system, Universal Mechanical Group is ready to help you decide what type of system is right for you. Are you looking for something more energy-efficient, something higher-performing or something with no duct work? Whatever kind of system, you’re looking for, we’re ready to give you the best possible price and the best possible results. This is one of the most important decisions you will ever make for your patients and your staff. Let us help you make the right choice.
Hospital HVAC Regulatory Compliance
In addition to the human element and health-related benefits of ensuring your hospital HVAC system is running at full performance, it’s also essential to keeping your doors open and providing care to as many patients as possible. There are baseline design requirements for HVAC systems, to which hospitals must adhere. Ensuring your medical facility is within compliance is paramount to your facility’s continued operation and growth.
Some of the model codes that govern hospital HVAC design, include but are not limited to International Code Council’s International Building Code (IBC), International Mechanical Code and International Plumbing Code, NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC); NFPA 101, Life Safety Code (LSC); and NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, NFPA 90A, Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, and NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations and more.
The American Hospital Association has clearly outlined the distinctions between hospital HVAC coding guidelines and Universal Mechanical Group is ready to help you understand what they mean for your facility. HVAC for hospitals goes well beyond providing traditional heating and cooling systems, and is an instrument for providing clean air and ample ventilation to the sick and injured.
Knowing the regulatory categories under which your hospital falls and the codes with which it must comply is key to staying protected and successfully treating your patients. Don’t let something like HVAC code violations stop or delay your ability to provide next-level treatment to the patients who need it. Let your doctors and nurses do what they do, without interruption.
Let UMG Help You Keep Your Patients Healthy and Comfortable
Your patients and employees have enough to worry about without having to be too hot or too cold during their care. Faulty HVAC systems can seriously jeopardize patient outcomes and expose your hospital to serious legal issues and reputational shortfalls. Contact our experienced, qualified and licensed technicians today at (973) 866-5445 to schedule your appointment and let us know what we can do for your hospital or medical facility in NJ.