HVAC considerations are important in any building, but especially one where health is a priority. This means hospitals, of course, but also includes veterinary facilities. How do you make sure your HVAC system is equipped to meet your animal patients’ needs? Here are some considerations for HVAC needs for veterinary clinics.
Different animals need different climates to function. Dogs and cats are comfortable at temperatures similar to humans, but reptiles and tropical birds require a warmer environment, while guinea pigs and rabbits prefer something cooler. Additionally, a particular temperature may be necessary for a specific animal, to help treat their disease or ailment. Humidity is a factor as well, with some animals needing a drier environment, and others requiring moisture.
The solution is a zoning system, with independent climate controls for each zone. Each section of the clinic is designated for a different animal, and the temperature and humidity can be kept at their ideal level, to ensure their comfort and speedy recovery.
Indoor Air Quality
Any medical facility, for humans or animals, must be kept meticulously clean. Poor indoor air quality can lead to all sorts of issues, such as respiratory problems, and the spread of infection. The problem is, any facility where people bring in their sick pets or other animals is bound to have a variety of contaminants. There’s the standard dust and dirt, as well as pet dander, mold and mildew, plus viruses and bacteria. Poor IAQ can make it difficult to treat animals properly, and spread disease from one animal to another.
This is why one of the most important HVAC needs for veterinary clinics is a dedicated air purifier, with a high efficiency air filter. Many of these filters are designed for use in hospitals, and can remove dust, mold, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants from the air, so you can keep your clinic clean, your air breathable, and your animal patients healthy.
For an evaluation of HVAC needs for veterinary clinics you own or work in, contact us at Jackson & Sons. We serve all of Eastern North Carolina’s commercial HVAC needs.