Pressure in HVAC Systems

Welcome to All Sensors “Put the Pressure on Us” blog. This blog brings out pressure sensor aspects in a variety of applications inspired by headlines, consumer and industry requirements, market research, government activities, and you.

Pressure in HVAC Systems

While addressing COVID-19 health issues and getting back to normal, one of the major concerns, especially for education, is acceptable ventilation.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, one of the leading conferences in this area, the Michigan Industrial Ventilation Conference, will not be held this year. In its place, a series of webinars facilitated by conference instructors will cover the fundamentals of industrial ventilation.

As noted in the seminar description for the first of the these webinars that will start March 3, pressure, as  well as temperature, elevation, and moisture content impacts an airstream’s density and density factor.

Another webinar will specifically address difficult testing situations and detail selection methods for providing the most accurate representation of pressure and airflow possible. Yet another will cover techniques and equipment for monitoring industrial ventilation systems to ensure that the system operates properly.

Those interested in more information on alternatives being offered to the 2021 conference should click here.

All Sensors Corporation MAMP Series P1NS Package

Those who are interested in accurate pressure sensors in the low-pressure range to detect clogged filters and airflow in HVAC systems should consider All Sensors MAMP Series of calibrated amplified output that can address 5 to 120 cmH2O measurements.

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Getting the Right Medical Room Pressure

Welcome to All Sensors “Put the Pressure on Us” blog. This blog brings out pressure sensor aspects in a variety of applications inspired by headlines, consumer and industry requirements, market research, government activities, and you.

Getting the Right Medical Room Pressure

With airborne infectious diseases that can easily spread from one person to another, such as the COVID-19 virus, isolation is critical. In a hospital or clinic, an isolation room needs negative pressure to have airflow into the room and avoid pathogens, or germs, from escaping. In addition to viruses, other undesirable contaminants to keep away from the rest of the population and sterile equipment in a hospital include bacteria, fungi, yeasts, molds, pollens, gases, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), small particles and chemicals.

The airflow to create and maintain the negative pressure (vacuum) in the room requires a consistent pressure differential of about 0.01 inch water gauge (in. w.g.) or 2.5 Pascals (Pa).

According to the Facility Guidelines Institute’s (FGI’s) most recent 2018 FGI Guidelines ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017, other rooms that should be negatively pressurized include:

  • Emergency Department Public Waiting Areas
  • Emergency Department Decontamination
  • Radiology Waiting Rooms
  • Triage
  • Bathrooms
  • Airborne Infection Isolation (AII) Rooms
  • Most Laboratory Work Areas
  • Autopsy Rooms
  • Soiled Workrooms or Soiled Holding Rooms
  • Soiled or Decontamination Rooms in Sterile Processing Department
  • Soiled Linen Sorting and Storage
  • Janitors’ Closets

In contrast, protecting the patient and sterile medical and surgical supplies in an operating room requires positive pressure to keep undesirable contaminants outside. The positive pressure room is achieved by pumping in filtered, clean air.

Isolation (Low) vs. operating room (High) pressure

Isolation (Low) vs. operating room (High) pressure.
Source: Minnesota Department of Health

In fact, some portable, headgear-mounted air purifying respirator systems use positive pressure to protect the wearer.

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