Hospitals and Importance of HVAC

I have been working as an intern for a local HVAC provider. It has been really interesting to learn about all the different ins and outs of heating and air conditioning. Honestly, I had no idea how complex it is in the end. I have heat and I have air conditioning. I just never considered how hard it was to get those two things to a person! This week, I shadowed my employer at the local hospital. This was so interesting to me! Hospitals rely on HVAC providers at such a critical level. I can’t believe I never thought of this before. When they perform surgeries, their operating rooms have to be at a brisk temperature to keep the germs away. Air conditioning is then extremely critical. My boss told me that their servicing of the hospitals is ongoing, sometimes dozens of times in a month. They are responsible for lives. They are constantly changing out air filters, checking on the parts within the units themselves and changing out what needs to be changed. My boss told me that if they have any doubt about a part, an air filter or even the thermostat main system boxes, they will replace it. So, that is what my job was today with my boss. He took me to each floor and showed me the in depth process of servicing the hospital HVAC systems. He taught me what a hospital air filter should look like, which in retrospect was very different to one in a local office we serviced. I was fascinated and honored he trusted me.