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Controlling moisture can cut energy costs, infections, and maintain code compliance

Hospital Safety Insider, December 8, 2016

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Controlling moisture can cut energy costs, infections, and maintain code compliance

We all know that a healthcare facility's HVAC system can impact temperature, indoor air quality (IAQ), and energy costs, but facility managers often overlook how HVAC controls relative humidity (RH) levels.

Excessive RH can breed mold and other airborne contaminants, nourish fledgling infectious diseases such as hospital-acquired infections (HAI), and drive up air conditioning energy costs. Controlling moisture can create better air comfort and a healthier environment and reduce energy costs. Aside from the patient well-being factor, RH levels must be kept in compliance with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 170, Ventilation in Healthcare Facilities.

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