A new UVC kit for air handlers from Steril-Aire, Inc. may be used in a wide range of HVAC applications to destroy or sterilize microorganisms including flu viruses, bacteria, and mold. The easy-to-install kit delivers Steril-Aire’s UVC technology to fancoil units, unit ventilator systems, and indoor air handlers with coils up to 84 in. (213.4 cm) with dual access. It delivers energy savings on retrofit installations, maintains factory design efficiency on new units, and improves IAQ and infection control in all systems, according to the company.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.