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3 Ways We Adapted Our Building to Deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Many businesses are struggling to determine the best approach to prepare their building or office space for the return of employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been helping make buildings function better since our founding in 1939, so we thought we would share some of the precautions we have taken in our own building.

1. We have hands-free equipment in our restrooms and kitchen areas

This includes automatic soap and towel dispensers, and touchless faucets. Not only does this help prevent the spread of germs, it also helps reduce waste and resources. We also have foot pulls on the restroom doors, which allow people to open the door with their foot, rather than their hands.

If you are interested in having hands-free equipment installed in your building, our plumbing group would be happy to discuss this with you.

2. We’ve installed the Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization system

Hopefully you have received our emails or read our blog about the Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization System (NPBI™) from Global Plasma Solutions. This patented technology reduces particles, kills pathogens, neutralizes odors and saves energy.

If you are old enough to remember the Hair Club for Men commercials, the president of the company always said, “I’m not only the president, I’m also a client.” We wanted to take our own advice, so we installed the NPBI system at our building. Not only does it give us added peace of mind that we are purifying our indoor air, but our indoor air also smells noticeably fresher.

3. We are running our HVAC system 24/7

Under ordinary circumstances, it’s best to use your building control systems to shut down your HVAC system when the building is empty. However, when your system shuts down, it doesn’t draw outside air into your building. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re running our system continually to ventilate our space with fresh air.

Of course, our technicians are also taking extra precautions when they visit a customer site. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing and businesses follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions about what we’re doing at our office, or what you should be doing at your facility, please let me know.

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Ron Gundershaug

As vice president of Yale Mechanical’s Service Division, Ron leads the Twin Cities’ largest service fleet committed to superior HVAC service and energy management solutions. He has been helping Yale Mechanical solve the toughest HVAC problems for more than 27 years and is committed to providing service with unmatched quality and response time.

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