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Choosing Air Conditioning System for Hospitals and Assisted Living Centers

Determining the best air conditioning system for hospital or an assisted living center needs you to know the available options. This can help you to buy a cooling system that can improve the patients and employees’ life alike.

Factors to bear in mind are many like accessibility, convenience, ease of use, and comfort of the patients or people living within.

Types of AC system

  • Ductless split system
  • Multi-split system
  • Centralized ducted system
  • Window or wall models

Certainly, microbiological transmission through air conditioning system is an optimal factor for determining which kind of unit is allowed and what is not. In addition, proper cooling and heating methods are vital in diseases prevention and treatment.

Therefore, conventional centralized ducted systems, where air gets forced via ductworks are not idyllic as odor prevention is not-existent and possibility of cross-contamination is more.

Cooling needs of hospitals     

When it is the subject of nursing homes and hospitals the outdoor air is less contaminated than indoor air, so Lloyd PTAC units are recommended because outdoor air is pulled inside. Needed standards of a heat and cool systems in hospitals need to –

  • Offer an acceptable air quality indoor for both patients and staff
  • Eliminate odors
  • Reduce infection risk in operating rooms [standard to offer cleanest possible environment and suppress odor in operating area needs more than ten air quality changes in an hour]
  • Remove and prevent anesthetic gases buildup
  • Humidity control also prevents contamination

How ‘dry’ mode is helpful?

Excess dampness is an issue and low humidity is also not good. Nursing homes and hospitals need approximately 38% to 65% humidity level. Air conditioners control warm humid air. The ‘Cooling’ mode cools the air and at the same time releases air moisture, so the atmosphere provides more comfort. The advanced air conditioner models include a ‘de-humidify’ or ‘dry’ mode. Works best when the atmosphere is warm and humid.

Quiet systems are best options

Noisy indoor unit disturbs the patients and pollutes the interior environment of the nursing center and hospitals. Therefore, make sure to check the dBA or decibels of the potential air conditioning system. Indoor noise level in an AC varies from 20 dBA – 30 dBA on low fan speed and 40 dBA – 50 dBA on high setting. The outdoor unit is generally in 45 dBA – 65 dBA ranges.

Check the Lloyd energy saving chart to check how much EER and cooling capacity is gained with 5-star, 3-star, and 2-star rated split cooling system. However, first calculate the space to determine the system size [ton] because too large or too small unit will not perform efficiently.

Best hospital cooling option

Ductless multi-split systems are the best options because hospitals get great control, contaminant isolation and personalized environment within separate rooms.

Ductless mini split system allows to cool 4 to 8 rooms, which are reasonable close with a single outdoor compressor unit. A small hole on the wall is needed installation of indoor unit. Indoor temperature of each room can be highly-controlled with remote or Wi-Fi.