HVAC Systems for Schools and Universities

HVAC Systems & Services for North Carolina Schools

For over 30 years, Superior Mechanical has been the trusted Commercial HVAC choice for schools and universities in Greensboro, High Point, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and other North Carolina communities. Superior Mechanical offers HVAC services, maintenance and installation for schools and universities throughout North Carolina. We understand the importance heating and air conditioning has on a student’s success. Trust the professionals at Superior Mechanical to help you with all of your heating and air conditioning needs.

Benefits of HVAC Services for Schools & Universities

There are multiple benefits of HVAC services for schools and universities. Studies show that children and adolescents learn best when they are comfortable. With North Carolina’s climate fluctuations, keeping students comfortable can be a challenge for any educational facility. Superior Mechanical is here to help schools and universities throughout North Carolina assist in their success with HVAC services. We work with all budgets and offer the following services:

HVAC Services to Reduce Illness Transmission in North Carolina Schools

The transmission of illnesses has always been a commonality in schools and universities. The COVID-19 pandemic amplified an existing problem. In response, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) released guidelines for schools and universities holding in-person classroom sessions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines are designed to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission via commercial HVAC systems and other air handling units. These guidelines may further help minimize the spread of illnesses through proper air ventilation. Here’s what educational facilities can do to further protect staff and students:

Increase Filtration & Outdoor Ventilation

Avoid recirculating potentially contaminated air by increasing filtration and encouraging outdoor ventilation. For local, central, and DOAS units, use the highest Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) filter the unit accepts. It’s recommended to use MERV-13 filters at the very least, and MERV-14 filters are preferred. If the university’s HVAC unit does not accept MERV filters, filter static charge or air ionization systems can be used as an alternative solution.

Utilize Portable or Temporary HEPA/UV Machines

Increase the amount of air mixture in individual classrooms by using portable HEPA/UV machines. Individual HEPA and UV units should be completely electric and follow the minimum guideline of two air rotations per hour, minimum. HEPA machines pull in air from the classroom through a very fine filter. The air is then passed by UV light which kills viruses and reduces the risk of COVID-19 contamination and transmission. Be sure to consult with an experienced HVAC engineer or technician before adopting UV treatments to avoid the impacts of internal components such as liners.

Install Humidifiers in Air Handler Units and Packaged Rooftop HVAC Units

Certain research suggests higher air humidity levels can decrease the risk of transmission for airborne viruses, such as COVID-19, that typically thrive in dry air conditions. Educational facilities, universities, and schools can be outfitted with air handler units (AHUs) and packaged rooftop HVAC units to potentially decrease the risk of spreading coronavirus after reopening.

However, it’s critical to work with a professional HVAC contractor when installing a humidifier addition to an HVAC system. If humidity levels aren’t within certain ranges (which vary from season to season and location) the moister interior environment may cause:

  • Damage to the building and facility components
  • Condensation
  • Possible growth of biological materials or other organic matter
  • Building occupant discomfort

Use Duct Mounted Humidifiers As An Alternative Solution

Facilities without AHUs or packaged rooftop HVAC units can consider using duct mounted humidifiers as an alternative solution for adjusting relative humidity (RH) levels. Some HVAC units may not have enough space inside of them to contain a humidifier component. Duct mounted humidifiers are installed inside of  the ducts, as opposed to the interior of the HVAC unit. Talk with a local certified and licensed HVAC contractor to discuss which option is best for your staff, students, and school or university.

Trusted HVAC Professionals For North Carolina Schools

Finding ways to use green energy, reduce illness transmission, and keep students comfortable is a challenge many schools and universities in North Carolina encounter. Our experts at Superior Mechanical make it easier for schools and universities to focus on what they do best, educate students. Our dedication to helping schools and universities succeed sets us apart from our competitors. With more than 30 years’ experience performing commercial HVAC services for schools and Universities, you can trust the experts at Superior Mechanical to help you succeed.

Superior Mechanical proudly serves Greensboro, High Point, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and other North Carolina communities. Contact us today for all your HVAC needs! 

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