In Episode 15 of Lets Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, chats with Tony Kocurek, SMACNA National SecretaryTreasurer and president of Energy Balance and Integration in Albuquerque, about how testing and balancing is being used to improve indoor air quality, as well as the role sheet metal contractors are playing in reopening schools, restaurants, offices and other businesses.
The HVAC system is kind of like your body and your lungs basically its the heart and soul of a whole building, Simon begins.
Thats right. Its more than just the airflow coming into the room, its the air handling unit thats moving that air, and its the filters pulling the air through, and where is it getting that air from? how all of that works together, says Kocurek.
What kind of preparations do you think we need to make to our systems to help with getting them ready to reoccupy buildings?
Were getting a lot of calls from schools that are hiring both an engineer, a contractor and then someone like myself to do assessments, and were working as a team to take a look at whats needed, how to get things back into shape, whether or not things can even get put back into shape, said Kocurek. Before COVID, nobody really thought about the air changes in a room, and there were a lot of schools that didnt during the wintertime have any air flow coming into them.
Those design systems that looked at those CO2 sensors as being the only thing that told them that they needed that outside air I think thats going to go away, Kocurek predicts.
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