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10 Actions You Can Take at Your Facilities During COVID

During the COVID-19 pandemic, preventive maintenance is more important than ever to avoid disruptions to residents, ensure comfort, and optimize the life of existing equipment.  While EN-POWER is working remotely and doing limited site visits, our team is here, fully staffed, and ready to assist you.

Amid this unprecedented pandemic, many states, including New York, have had stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The majority of residents need to work at home, and major capital and construction projects have been halted. More importantly, the impacts of this pandemic will continue even after the stay-at-home orders are lifted.

For instance, more residents will work at home as employers are expected to adopt the format of partially remote working, and occupants will be more cautious about healthiness of buildings. As a result, preventative maintenance is more important than ever to avoid disruptions to residents, ensure comfort, and optimize the life of existing equipment, and some buildings may need to adopt additional protocols.

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While EN-POWER GROUP is working remotely and doing limited site visits, our team is here, fully staffed, and ready to assist you. Here are things you can do with EN-POWER’s remote assistance to ensure mechanical systems are operating optimally and to avoid service emergencies at your facilities:

  • Conduct daily, weekly, and monthly equipment inspections – Staff administered inspections using checklists can help detect potential issues, such as water or gas leaks, early before they become major mechanical emergencies. To help during this time, EN-POWER is providing free equipment checklists for boilers, cooling towers, chillers, and more. Contact us today, and we will send them to you.
  • Troubleshoot controller and equipment issues – As more residents are at home during the day, cooling and domestic hot water setpoints are more important than ever. Our team of engineers can help your building staff troubleshoot malfunctioning controllers and equipment remotely to ensure resident comfort and minimize complaints.
  • Continue contractor maintenance – Although all non-essential construction has been halted, service repairs and maintenance can continue. Be sure to continue chemical treatments of your cooling tower and other essential work. Call us to discuss the best way to schedule this maintenance and ensure you follow all necessary and recommended safety measures.
  • Order building supplies early – Order supplies, like replacement light bulbs and air handler filters, early to avoid being negatively impacted by delayed shipments. Once shipments arrive, leave them in an area of low foot-traffic like a mechanical room for several days before handling.
  • Work with your project managers to reset timelines for upcoming work – For any potential projects, we’re happy to discuss the best way to forward and provide suggestions for how to adjust your timelines.

Focus on indoor air quality

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Preserving and improving indoor air quality (IAQ) are key to reducing airborne disease transmission. Although, the HVAC industry is still investigating a full list of protocols that will help eliminate transmission of infectious aerosols like COVID 19, here are measures you can do to help now:

  • Buildings with rooftop exhaust fans should have building staff inspect fans weekly to ensure flow for each fan. Staff should also ensure the fans are working properly by checking the motors and belts, repairing as necessary. Additionally, any in-line fans improperly installed in common ventilation ducts should be removed.
  • Buildings with air-handlers should optimize the use of fresh-air rather than return air. Economizers should also be used whenever possible to eliminate the use of circulated air. Building staff should:
    • Ensure all dampers are operational so they can properly respond to setpoint changes.
    • Continue to regularly replace air-handler filters on a periodic basis. Install the highest MERV-rated filter allowed by the air-handling system.
    • For air-handlers equipped with ultra-violet (UV) germicidal disinfection equipment like UV light, be sure to implement their use.

What should you do next?

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If you need support troubleshooting issues, want guidance for how to improve equipment performance, or have any other questions, call our Team at 914.263.1199 or email us at info@enpg.com. EN-POWER GROUP has been helping buildings navigate new and challenging landscapes since 2003, and we are here for you now.