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The Commercial HVAC Systems Industry

HVAC Manufacturers Offer Key, Innovative Support in Their Partner Industries

Innovations and attention on the commercial HVAC industry have never increased as rapidly as they have in the past ten years. In an industry that provides essential services to nearly every modern building, commercial HVAC is often the unsung hero for the ways it helps businesses operate.

Importantly, though, the commercial HVAC industry’s innovations have brought its products and technologies to the forefront of how its partner industries find success in their endeavors. Because these partners are the lifeblood of our society – for example, the medical industry and schools, commercial HVAC today is playing a significant role in ensuring the livelihood of a number of key industries like never before.

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Commercial HVAC in Schools

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools began investigations of air quality in their buildings to mitigate the presence of coronavirus. The commercial HVAC industry was invited to step into the limelight, and discuss its innovations for protecting the health of young people, thereby ensuring that students could get an education in spite of this global catastrophe. The industry was eager to discuss its commercial HVAC systems with politicians, school board members, taxpayers, and concerned parents, so that key stakeholders could gain an understanding of how MERV ratings, cfms, and other typically overlooked industry jargon could provide safety for children.

Increased Understanding of Air Quality’s Effects

Outside of the pandemic, scientists who study indoor air quality have grown their audience in other ways. Regulations based on scientific research have raised the bar for what is considered acceptable air quality. With asthma, allergies, and allergens from the natural and built-environment on the rise, commercial HVAC systems are being called upon as partners in crucial public health measures. To return to education, scientists who study indoor air quality have concluded that air quality not only directly affects our physical health, but also our ability to learn.


Cleanrooms, essentially, are controlled spaces where unwanted particles (dust, microbes, aerosols, etc.) are filtered out. These rooms are especially necessary for industries where scientifically-precise conditions are needed, such as in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals.

Cleanrooms are also essential in health care facilities such as operating rooms and patient-recovery wards.

There is no room for error in spaces where the potential danger for infection is present; therefore, the commercial HVAC industry’s new technologies are saving lives. Take, for instance, a select ward for patients receiving chemotherapy treatment. If immunocompromised patients were integrated into a less-regulated space in a hospital, they could risk exposure to any number of contaminants.

New manufacturing technologies for operating rooms include HVAC systems with lighting, so that surgeons have more room and control over their meticulous practices. Additionally, providing what is called “laminar flow” is a lesson in physics that ensures even, direct, consistent airflow into an operating room, so that the consequences of infection are profoundly reduced. Commercial HVAC systems play a significant role through their innovations that quite literally protect people. This industry is not just serving businesses with effective temperature control.

Cybersecurity and HVAC

Most medical businesses invest in automated control systems that prevent their facilities from experiencing a sudden power outage, loss of function of key machinery, or – in today’s world – a cyberattack. Until recently, commercial HVAC was left out of that equation, exposing the aforementioned critical environments, such as operating rooms or patient treatment wards, vulnerable to cyberattack.

However, there are now options available for fully integrating HVAC into a building’s larger automated control system, so that HVAC isn’t left exposed. Because of this integration, medical facilities where patient health is crucial can be spared from losing functions due to a cyberattack. In this way, commercial HVAC has been able to position as an essential part of a building’s functioning, and not just for the obvious reasons.

Innovations in Commercial HVAC Continue

The increasing number of vital functions and the public awareness of commercial HVAC technologies has positioned this industry as a strong voice in its partners’ interests. We expect the commercial HVAC industry to continue playing a leading role in industries that are essential to our well-being and a thriving economy.


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