HVAC can lower COVID-19 risk says HSE

Good ventilation can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, according to the safety watchdog.

The Health and Safety Executive updated its guidance on heating and ventilation systems to prevent further spread of COVID-19, making it clear that most types of air conditioning system can continue to be used as normal.

It added HVAC could reduce the risk of spread by preventing pockets of stagnant air. But it also warned that if you use a centralised ventilation system that removes and circulates air to different rooms it is recommended that you turn off recirculation and use a fresh air supply instead.

The HSE said: “The risk of air conditioning spreading COVID-19 in the workplace is extremely low as long as there is an adequate supply of fresh air and ventilation.”

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