Indoor Air Quality for Places of Worship
Rethinking Ventilation in Indoor Spaces
Advanced ventilation systems can improve indoor air quality to create peace of mind.
The quality of our air is normally low on one’s priorities since we are unable to see all the indoor air contaminates which surround us. As we continue to spend more time indoors, we realize how essential effective ventilation is for healthy buildings and living.
This heightened awareness around indoor air quality (IAQ) is not expected to change. It even extends to places of worship. Pollution through Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are present due to harmful substances being released into our indoor air. Dust, dander, pollen and other contaminants negatively impact air quality. The indoor air found in religious gatherings can be negatively impacted due to older buildings that contain lead (from paint), asbestos (elimination through renovation required), candles, incense, fireplaces, furniture (that emits harmful formaldehyde) and harsh chemicals (used in cleaning agents). These contaminants can all contribute to making the experience uncomfortable for your congregants.
Furthermore, many of these cherished buildings have gone through multiple design phases, where the structure has expanded via construction additions. This creates problems for the original HVAC system which was not equipped to deliver proper air circulation or provide adequate heating and cooling throughout the redesigned building. This results in some areas being left with an abundance of fresh air, while other areas remain stale and musty - or simply uncomfortable due to inconsistent room temperature.
Indoor air quality solutions to maximize air exchange
While adequate ventilation will help to improve airflow, keeping doors and windows open only play a small role in the solution. Creating the right mix of IAQ solutions can be as simple as adding an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV), or Multi-zone Heat Pumps. Let Panasonic’s line of IAQ solutions help address the HVAC and Ventilation needs of your congregation, giving them comfort and care during their time of worship.
ERVs provide balanced ventilation for multi room buildings by transferring air between the exterior and interior of the structure. They are designed to minimize energy loss and are ideal for Canada’s diverse range of climate conditions. Its positive impact on heating and cooling can create a savings benefit by lowering operating and maintenance costs.
- Controlled and balanced humidity that achieves overall comfort
- Ideal for climates with seasonal changes between hot and cold temperatures
- Does not require a drain line, allowing for an easier installation than an HRV solution
Multi-Zone Heat Pumps offer a wide range of versatile solutions for the unique heating and cooling requirements found in places of worship. Distinctively made to provide whisper quiet operation while delivering comfort throughout the various spaces. Incorporating Panasonic’s own nanoeX technology, congregants also receive the benefit of a system that contains a built-in air purifying process. This technology sets a new standard for inhibiting odors, pollutants, and allergens 24/7.
- Whisper-quiet heating and cooling operation
- Industry-exclusive purification system helps inhibit odors and allergens
- Hair and skin moisturization as an added benefit from the unique purification technology
- Optimal temperature comfort for occupants
- Minimal maintenance required
Healthy interiors are increasingly becoming top of mind as we focus on the quality of the air we breathe. Having a well-designed HVAC system provides IAQ that is vital to a well-functioning place of worship. Let our team of experts help recommend the optimal IAQ solution to fit the needs of your indoor spaces.