With summer arriving, most of us are beginning to start up our air conditioners to beat the heat. But as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a threat to our health and safety, there are concerns about the spread of the virus due to air conditioning systems. There are debates over whether air conditioners spread virus as we are still trying to understand the disease and how it works. The information we have found so far is not absolute, but we’d like to share some information on how to operate air conditioners while being conscious of the pandemic.
As we adopt and evolve methods and practices in the HVAC industry to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we can also adapt how we use our air conditioners in our facilities. Remember these simple tips to keep occupants comfortable this summer while still maintaining sensible practice concerning COVID-19.
- ASHRAE, “ASHRAE Position Document on Infectious Aerosols,” 14 April 2020,
- Korea Times, “Can AC Spread Coronavirus? A Thorny Question That Emerges With School Reopening,” 7 May 2020,
- Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, “COVID-19 Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters Briefing,” 27 May 2020, http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/upload/viewer/skin/doc.html?fn=1590545363041_20200527110923.pdf&rs=/upload/viewer/result/202006/