HVAC systems get upgrades to fight coronavirus inside

Property managers are upgrading their heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to kill the coronavirus to prepare their buildings to be reopened, according to a recent report.

Previously, companies were focused on improving cleaning practices to avoid spreading the virus on surfaces, but some researchers have found that the coronavirus can also spread through poor ventilation systems.

On Monday, Bloomberg reported that Honeywell International Inc., Carrier Global Corp. and Trane Technologies Plc are some of the companies that are seeing increased demand as property managers upgrade their HVAC systems so that their buildings will be able to reopen.

“We’re seeing a very huge demand,” Manish Sharma, Honeywell’s chief technology officer for the company’s building technologies unit told Bloomberg. “Everyone wants to see how you can get back to business.”

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Researchers at the University of Oregon published a study earlier this year that found the coronavirus in 25 percent of the HVAC systems in hospitals that treated coronavirus patients, which showed the possibility that the virus could be spread “from shared air” in different places from the person with the virus, according to Bloomberg.

Another study from April found that families in China may have contracted the coronavirus from a restaurant after the disease was spread through the air conditioning.-Fox Business

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