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Aug 25, 2016 5:13:00 AM

Can A Room Pressure Monitor Help Me Save Energy?

Monitoring and controlling room pressure in laboratory and healthcare settings can do more than just ensure directional airflow (positive or negative pressure rooms). Proper room pressure also contributes to saving energy. Overpressure or under-pressure scenarios mean that airflow, or even temperature control, are not optimal.

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Aug 15, 2016 5:55:00 AM

What is a Vivarium?

A vivarium refers to an enclosed area designed to provide a stable environment for animals and plants for observation or scientific research. Often, vivariums contain a portion of an ecosystem for a particular species with controlled environmental conditions on a smaller scale. A vivarium contains racks of various sizes dependent on the species it contains.

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Aug 4, 2016 5:20:00 AM

Energy Savings Strategies For Operating Rooms

Operating Rooms consume a great deal of energy, considering the high airflow requirements needed, bright lighting, and significant plug load from patient care equipment. There are, however, strategies to conserve energy and still meet the stringent safety requirements of maintaining positive room pressure. Two conditions need to be met to enable OR energy savings. The first is a method to trigger occupied and unoccupied states. And the second is to act on that state change to setback both temperature and airflow.

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Jul 11, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Where are hospitals consuming the most energy?

Hospitals are one of the most energy intense buildings on the planet.

As budgets are becoming tighter, many hospitals today are moving towards energy management for cost savings. In breaking down how hospitals can save on energy costs, the first step is to understand what areas of the hospital consume the most energy. Keep in mind that energy consumption varies for each individual hospital based on certain factors such as the hospitals primary function and geographic location.

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Jun 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM

What Is The Difference Between An Anteroom And An Ante Area?

Engineering proper HVAC systems for critical environments often involves distinct areas of room pressure control and directional airflow. An anteroom between a primary room and corridor ensures a safe airflow buffer zone between the controlled pressurized space and an unclean area. The two spaces are separated by a completely walled area with a door. However, in some applications an ante area without walls or a door can achieve the safe effect.

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May 30, 2016 5:54:00 AM

How to Prevent Mold Growth

Although mold has many medical uses, it can be a huge problem for homes and buildings, especially if mold growth goes undetected. Mold spores spread easily and can grow anywhere, including carpet, clothing, food, paper as well as drywall, areas inside walls, around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles. Since mold cannot be completely eradicated and can be costly to fix, the best approach is to prevent mold before it becomes a problem. So how do you prevent mold growth? 

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May 26, 2016 5:57:00 AM

What Are Protective Environment Rooms?

Protective Environment (PE) rooms are hospital rooms designed to protect a high-risk immunocompromised patient from human and environmental airborne pathogens. These are positive pressure rooms intended to keep patients safe during recovery from cancer treatment or stem-cell transplant.

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May 23, 2016 6:00:00 AM

What are Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms?

Airborne Infection Isolation (AII) rooms, commonly called negative pressure rooms, are single-occupancy patient care spaces designed to isolate airborne pathogens to a safe containment area. AII rooms are a specialized application of a hospital’s HVAC system, where the airflow supplied into the room is balanced with exhaust airflow to create at least -0.01” WC negative differential pressure with respect to an adjacent space, usually the hallway or an anteroom. In simple terms, this provides a gentle flow of air under a closed doorway and into the room so that no airborne particulates escape into nursing staff or public areas. Exhaust from these rooms is not recirculated in the HVAC system. Instead, exhaust air typically moves in dedicated ductwork to ventilation stacks on the rooftop, where atmospheric air provides sufficient dilution to make the resulting air safe.

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May 16, 2016 6:30:00 AM

How To Measure Velocity And Flow

In HVAC/R applications it is helpful to understand the methods used to determine air velocity. Air velocity (distance traveled per unit of time) is most often expressed in feet per minute (FPM).  Multiplying air velocity by the area of a duct allows you to determine the air volume flowing past a point in the duct per unit of time. Volume flow is generally measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM).

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Apr 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Why should you use a unidirectional differential pressure transducer for isolation rooms?

We have gone over the best practices for selecting a unidirectional and a bidirectional differential pressure transducer based on usage and application. So why should you use a unidirectional differential pressure transducer over a bidirectional model for an isolation room? When requiring an increased accuracy reading for positive and negative pressure, it is best to use a unidirectional transducer. For positive pressurized rooms, you can place the low port on the reference area and the high port on the room of concern. For negative pressurized rooms, you place the low port on the negative pressure room of concern and the high port on the pressure reference area.

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