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It’s now well known that COVID-19 transmits more frequently and far more easily in enclosed spaces. If ventilation systems are well maintained however, and adapted for use during the COVID-19 pandemic, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems could actually aid in the reduction of airborne transmission of the Coronavirus.

Heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) systems are used to make indoor environments and conditions (namely temperature and control) more comfortable, ensuring indoor air is clean and free from airborne particles such as grease and of course, viruses.

HVAC systems can be configured in a multitude of ways, providing clean air inside by circulating outdoor air and filtering it.

Poor ventilation however can increase the transmission of tract infections such as influenza, rhinovirus infection and tuberculosis.

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Evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2, as well as other coronaviruses, can be dispersed and potentially transmitted by aerosols directly or via ventilation systems

Long-distance airborne dispersal of SARS-CoV-2 in COVID-19 wardsnature.com

Experts Warn Of The Importance Of Cleaning Ventilation Systems During COVID

During a recent Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) webinar, attendees were warned by numerous experts of the importance of keeping comprehensive records as well as using experienced and competent companies to carry out the necessary cleaning and maintenance.

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has cost numerous industries a huge amount of money and there will undoubtedly be many companies looking to cut costs.

Unfortunately, one of the most common ways in which companies tend to do this is through cutting the frequency of their cleaning and this is most certainly not what you should be doing.

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Not only would cutting down on ventilation cleaning increase the risk of spreading coronavirus even further by reducing the efficiency of the ventilation system you have in place but it could also greatly increase the risk of fire too.

By cutting back on ventilation hygiene, especially in areas such as kitchen grease extraction systems, you’re inadvertently putting not only yourself but your staff and customers at risk. Although many restaurants have been closed during lockdown, thorough restaurant kitchen deep cleaning will be required before openings.

To minimise risk entirely, it’s ideal to keep grease build up to below 50 microns. In order to do this, more frequent cleaning processes need to be in place.

It’s vital now, more than ever, to ensure ventilation systems are cleaned regularly and thoroughly by professionals who can ensure a high-quality cleaning method has been carried out.

With staff soon to be returning to offices, warehouses and more, ventilation systems need to be at their most efficient to ensure COVID-19 spread is minimal.

By letting your ventilation system cleaning schedule slide, you’re immediately putting your staff and yourself at risk of poorly circulated air that could ultimately become laden with COVID-19. The spread of this virus has shown to be rapid in the best of environments.

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Grease Gone are a leading cleaning company because of our outstanding customer service. If you’d like more information on ventilation system cleaning, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Grease Gone today. Our teams are on hand to provide you with affordable, flexible services throughout London and Greater London. Call today on 020 88663 413.

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