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Optimally running HVAC systems for nursing homes are non-negotiable. Although we can’t see or hear them (unless something is critically wrong), they are a vital part of keeping nursing home residents safe, healthy and comfortable. Nursing homes are already dogged by stigma, and the last thing your facility needs is to live up to the negative stereotype by failing to keep your air clean or your environment warm or cool enough.

New Jersey is home to nearly 1,700,000 residents over the age of 60, according to data from the state’s Department of Human Services. Many of these residents move into nursing homes because they can no longer take care of themselves or have health issues that are beyond their families ability to care for them. These health issues are easily exacerbated by poor air quality or unfavorable climate conditions.

Universal Mechanical Group recognizes that critical importance of HVAC systems for nursing homes, and we’re ready to provide prompt, immediate, professional and affordable installation, repair and maintenance on your system. Whether your nursing home serves elderly residents in Alpine, NJ; East Rutherford, NJ; Edgewater, NJ; Englewood, NJ; Franklin lakes, NJ; Glen Rock, NJ; Mahwah, NJ; Maywood, NJ, or protects the health of seniors in Palisades Park, NJ; Paramus, NJ; Ridgewood, NJ; Rutherford, NJ; Saddle Brook, NJ; Saddle River, NJ; Ho Ho Kus, NJ; Demarest, NJ; Woodcliff Lakes, NJ, we’re here to help you keep your air clean and comfortable.

Contact our team today at (973) 866-5445 to learn more about what we can do for your residents.

Health Risks of Broken HVAC Systems at NJ Nursing Homes

Your elderly residents have enough to worry about without having to contend with poor air quality and extreme weather conditions in their living spaces. They’re prone to myriad health problems, all of which are significantly compounded by broken or malfunctioning HVAC systems. Some of the health risks of faulty HVAC systems in nursing homes include:

Cold and Flu Due to Malfunctioning Furnace

Adults over the age of 65 are significantly more likely to be hospitalized from a cold or the flu. They’re also more susceptible to these ailments if they’re forced to spend prolonged periods of time in poorly heated environments. New Jersey’s winters can be harsh and punitive to residents of all ages, and it can be particularly dangerous to its elderly population. A properly working furnace provides adequate heat, which can safeguard elderly residents from these health conditions. Protect your elderly residents from the cold and fly by ensuring your HVAC system’s heating unit is running at peak performance throughout the colder months.

Heat Stroke and Exhaustion Due to Broken Air Conditioning Unit

On the other end of the climate spectrum, elderly individuals are also more vulnerable to exhaustion and other serious health conditions brought on by harsh heat. A recent University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40 percent of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65. With summer days in New Jersey very often reaching over 100 degrees, it’s important that a nursing home’s cooling system is properly working during the hotter months of the year. Universal Mechanical Group is acutely aware of the importance of a nursing home’s cooling system, and we’re ready to partner with your facility in ensuring your system is in the best shape.

Respiratory Issues from Poor Airflow

Breathing problems are also significantly more common among the elderly population, and one of the main culprits of these conditions is the accumulation of dust, allergens and particulates in the air. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stresses the importance of an HVAC system’s role in improving air quality in medical centers, nursing homes and other non-industrial buildings.

Any number of issues can affect an HVAC system’s airflow, including dirty air ducts, clogged air filters and more, and it’s critical that you have an understanding of the problem, and are able to quickly fix it, to ensure your residents are able to breathe. About one in seven older adults suffers form lung disease, and these conditions are made far worst by dust, allergens and other conditions that could easily be caused by a broken HVAC system.

How UMGService Can Help Your Residents

Universal Mechanical Group has spent decades doing our part to help nursing homes all over New Jersey ensure optimal health conditions and quality of life for their patients. The ability to breathe and be adequately warm or cool are two things every senior has the right to expect from their nursing home, and their families have the right to expect their elderly loved ones are safe and well-cared for. At the same time, your nursing home can avoid repeated failed inspections, bad reputation issues and negative health outcomes by ensuring your HVAC system is functioning properly. Universal Mechanical Group is ready to provide this peace of mind to you by providing quality HVAC services, such as:

Nursing Home HVAC System Maintenance

Proper and proactive maintenance of your nursing home’s HVAC system is the most important investment you can make in its longevity. Universal Mechanical Group recommends NJ nursing homes have their HVAC systems maintained at last twice per year. Maintenance should include changing air filters, inspecting and cleaning all components, sealing any leaks in hoses, checking refrigerant levels, checking and programming thermostats and more. Maintenance is the best defense against premature breakdown of parts.

Nursing Home HVAC Repair

Even with expert maintenance, older nursing home HVAC systems are still prone to repair issues as time goes on. Whether it’s something small like a hose or something much larger like blower motor, compressor, flame sensor or other vital component, you’ll need help from an expert, licensed and reputable NJ HVAC repair company. Universal Mechanical Group offers quick, clean and guaranteed repair for some of the most affordable prices in NJ.

Nursing Home HVAC System Installation

There comes a time in the life of every HVAC system when it outlives its time, and needs to be replaced. When that time comes for your NJ nursing home, there’s no better choice than Universal Mechanical Group to help you install your system  

Whether you’re looking for something more energy-efficient, like a single-unit system, a multi-zone system to ensure all areas of your nursing home are heated or cooled to location-specific requirements, a ductless system that alleviates the issues duct-cleaning or animals potentially getting into your ceiling or anything else, we’re here to help.

We install every type of manufacturer and are ready to guide you toward the system that is best for you and your NJ nursing home.

Customized Nursing Home HVAC Design

Each New Jersey nursing home needs quality, scalable and customized HVAC design and implementation services to ensure that their system is running optimally for their specific operations. Not only must your nursing home’s HVAC system be able to accommodate the current distinct environments within its walls, it must also be adaptable to accommodate expansion and the future need for additional versatility. As more and more hospitals are outsourcing their senior care to nursing homes, health facilities professionals are turning to packaged and split HVAC systems to meet the needs of these smaller facilities, and manufacturers are developing a wide array of options.

What Are Packaged and Split HVAC Systems?

Packaged and split HVAC systems are an increasingly common choice for nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and palliative care centers. They are usually classified as direct expansion (DX) systems, in which air is cooled directly from the evaporation of a refrigerant, as opposed to using chilled water or a similar product. Packaged systems have the condenser and coil of the air conditioning unit located in the same section, and split systems house the two separately. While these systems are the increasingly preferred choice for all different types of medical organizations, they also come with their fair share of drawbacks and negatives.

Pros and Cons of Packaged and Split-Level Systems

Some of the primary benefits of these two types of HVAC systems, include low initial cost, ease of operation, remote monitoring and minimal use of space inside a building. Some of the disadvantages, however, can include low energy-efficiency, limited longevity and limited humidity control capabilities without special features. Packaged systems are the most commonly installed HVAC systems in the United States, and include distinct heating and cooling elements. Hybrid or and single-unit systems offer self-contained operation but limited versatility.

Universal Mechanical Group is ready to help you navigate the different types of existing and emerging HVAC technologies that work best for you.

Let UMGService Handle Your New Jersey Nursing Home’s HVAC Needs

The health and safety of your residents, and your reputation and good name are too important to let a faulty HVAC system ruin them. You have enough to worry about while operating other aspects of your nursing without having to contend with such basic issues. Call Universal Mechanical Group today at (973) 866-5445 to schedule your nursing home’s installation, repair or maintenance. We are available 24-7 for emergency repairs, offer licensed technicians and offer satisfaction guarantees on all of your projects. We look forward to helping you keep your residents safe and comfortable.