A huge concern for hospitals is keeping indoor environments stable and sanitary. Air curtains for healthcare facilities are specifically designed to help with that goal. They do this by maintaining indoor temperatures and keeping pollutants such as cigarette smoke and vehicle exhaust out. A common situation air curtains address is keeping ambulance fumes out of the E.R.
Where Hospitals Use Air Curtains:
- Main Entrances: You can use both ambient and heated hospital air curtains on high-traffic main entrances, along with or instead of a vestibule. They protect the Welcome and Waiting areas from outside temperatures and traffic fumes as visitors and staff come and go.
- ER (Emergency Room) Entrance: Keep vehicle exhaust out and the triage and registration areas comfortable as doors open to allow first responders and their patients in.
- Service Door: Facilities managers use air curtains over man doors to protect back hallways. As a result, they keep out outside temperatures, secondhand smoke, truck exhaust, and flying insects.
- Loading Docks: Health Systems use air curtains as a simple and energy-efficient way to keep indoor temperatures stable. Plus, fend off flying insects and keep the interior fume-free when unloading supplies or taking out the recycling.
- Kitchen/Cafeteria Doors: Air curtains are recommended by foodservice consultants to use for chemical-free insect control on kitchen doors. They can also contain smells when used over hallway doors.
Berner has AMCA certified air curtains allowed by ASHRAE 90.1-2019as an alternative to vestibules.
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