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Hygiene
Hygienic air conditioning

Like many other fields, the health service sector is undergoing a period of transition. Public subsidies and acceptance among customers and patients is increasingly only achievable by projects that have a flagship character. The technical equipment of the building is increasingly becoming a competitive factor – no wonder when one considers that patients in a hospital, for example, rely on this equipment 24 hours a day.

 

The requirements placed on air conditioning in the health sector are as varied as the different types of rooms. One major focus is on the field of hygiene, i.e. the avoidance of contamination with germs, bacteria or viruses – and therefore also on the prevention of infection. In special protection areas such as the surgery department, not only occupational health standards are required, but also dynamic screening by ventilation. Active and passive airlocks protect sensitive areas. Overpressure zones for the supply of sterile items are just as necessary as sub-pressure zones in intensive care units or in areas in which air that is completely germ-free has to be guaranteed. An intelligent ventilation and air conditioning system fulfils all of these requirements with a high level of reliability against breakdowns.

In addition to the technical functions, every company in the health service is obliged to remain cost-effective. The operating costs have to be kept as low as possible, without jeopardising the functionality of the overall system. And one further question arises in this sector: can an energy-saving, intelligent ventilation and air conditioning system improve my image and my competitiveness? Yes it can. For example, by cooling in the summer not with the resource-consuming compressor refrigeration system, but with the energy of the sun. The use of regenerative energies saves operating costs and sets you apart from the competition. 

Menerga fits

In the health service, very high demands are placed on microbiological-hygienic tests and maintenance. Adconair systems fulfil this approach in that the heat exchanger can be completely cleaned, for example, without having to be dismantled. All components such as filters are readily accessible and simple to replace. The refurbishment of old systems is a particularly practical solution, as old units are not usually fitted with heat recovery; here it is possible to save a large share of the operating costs. An intelligently planned overall system incorporates all of the properties of the building complex. For example, you can make use of the waste heat from kitchens and laundries as heat for the regeneration of brine in our Sorpsolair systems! Here it is possible to save additional costs without having to do without reliable and clean air conditioning. When the refurbishment of a building is being planned, the focus should not be on the initial investment costs, but instead on consideration of the total costs with significantly lower follow-up costs. Especially in hospitals that are in need of rehabilitation, there is a further advantage: the systems constructed in the 1970s were mostly designed for higher volumes of air. In spite of the large volumes that were planned for, these systems are no longer able to deal with the air volume flows that are required due to the number of additions to the buildings. Menerga systems are usually much more compact than those of the competitors; the systems can be integrated into the plant room more easily, where they provide higher capacity levels. A combination of Menerga systems with existing cooling ceiling systems is possible at any time without difficulty and has proven its worth in practice.