Air filtration for restaurants during Covid-19
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Improving Air Quality for Your Restaurant or Business

In the last few years, we have learned just how important air quality is in the hospitality industry. It not only protects your customers, but also your staff. While the current pandemic is moving to endemic status, you still want to do everything you can to protect people at your restaurant. We never know when the next pandemic will strike. Plus, improving indoor air quality cuts down on sickness and boosts productivity.

We know that distance, alone, is not enough to protect us from airborne diseases. Indoors, air conditioners and heaters can blow droplets around, helping encourage the spread of disease. While your HVAC system could potentially help spread disease, it is not feasible to operate without them. The good news is that you can also use your HVAC system to combat the spread of disease.

For years ventilation systems have been designed and implemented with cost and energy efficiency as the top priority. However, the more we learn about airborne viruses, the clearer it becomes that designing air circulation for purification first might play a helpful role in reducing the number of infected particles in the air, especially for high volume or high turnover spaces like restaurants, theaters and music halls.

What does it mean to design your air circulation systems to optimize purification? Step one is picking the right filter. Even adding HEPA filters (High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters, common in HVAC systems today) to your current system will help remove some, though not all viral and bacterial particles from the air. However, you cannot rely on HEPA alone. HEPA filters capture particles that are .3 microns in diameter or larger, which means they miss some contaminants. Whether they can capture smaller particles is debated.

Another issue is to make sure that air circulates properly to get to the filter. The goal is to ensure that all air in a space is filtered within a certain period of time. Air flow problems can keep that from happening. At First Choice, we can optimize your airflow to ensure better filtration.

We can also add other purification tools to your HVAC system. Depending on your system, we may be able to incorporate carbon activated filters, ultraviolet light systems, electrostatic air purifiers, or ionizing air purifiers. While no air purifier system can completely remove all contaminants from the air, we can optimize the air quality in your restaurant or other business. Contact us today to find out more.

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