Designing Clean Air for Modern Spaces

As awareness continues to grow around the importance of ventilation, now is the perfect time for HVAC designers and installers to include air decontamination in their toolkit to provide the ultimate indoor air safety solution.
VK Link with ducting

The world is calling for a paradigm shift in the way we think about indoor airflow in buildings. The truth is that post-pandemic, many industries, governments, and regulatory bodies are waking up to the need to improve the overall quality of indoor air.

Some regions in Europe are already monitoring and regulating the quality of indoor air1, highlighting the demand for the introduction of fresh air in all public and shared spaces. In the United States, recent studies2 show that more than a third of the nearly 100,000 operating public school buildings have an immediate need for ventilation system upgrades3, while in the UK4, Australia5, and elsewhere in Europe6, schools have begun monitoring CO2 levels to ensure classrooms are adequately ventilated to keep children and teachers safe.

There’s no doubt that what indoor spaces like schools, businesses, office blocks, and retail stores require is an innovative solution that not only provides adequate ventilation but also ensures the indoor air quality is maintained for the safety, comfort, and wellbeing of occupants. As such, airflow designers who can introduce fresh air — clean on arrival — and recirculate treated air between spaces will have a serious first-mover advantage, particularly when it includes technology to actively decontaminate airborne viruses.

VK Link against ducting

Meet the inline, HVAC-ready VIRUSKILLER™

The VK Link takes the same world-class decontamination technology found in Radic8’s freestanding tower devices and puts it in an inline ducting component for a supercharged, built-in fresh air solution. It can clean and filter outdoor air before it ever makes its way indoors or be built into an internal recirculatory system to protect the air between areas and rooms.

Out of sight: Designed for installation in ceilings, wall-mount applications, or dedicated utility rooms, this versatile, ready-to-go component can be tucked away out of sight to free up valuable space in buildings of all shapes sizes.

Robust steel chassis: The heavy-duty steel chassis is durable enough for even industrial installations and fits seamlessly into any airflow design for reliable clean air delivery.

Cost-effective and energy-efficient: The VK Link provides air decontamination that is accessible and energy-efficient, while preserving already heated or cooled air for heat recovery or air handling systems.

Built-in CO2 sensor: When CO2 levels spike, the built-in sensor automatically increases the inline fan speed to improve ventilation, making the VK Link the ideal solution to help combat the buildup of poor indoor air due to high occupancy.

Endless airflow designs: The VK Link is adaptable and can fit into any design or airflow application, allowing designers to get creative with layout and create truly innovative and revolutionary airflow designs.

Installing VK Link

Built for HVAC installers

A low-cost, installer-friendly addition to any ducting system, the VK Link is a breeze to service and maintain and is compatible with standard, off-the-shelf ducting components. Its slide-out filters and easy-to-access internals and electrics allow for simple installation in new or existing systems.

As awareness continues to grow around the importance of ventilation, HVAC improvements and upgrades are being rolled out across businesses, schools, and other public and private buildings worldwide. There couldn’t be a better time for HVAC designers and installers to include air purification and decontamination in their toolkit to provide the ultimate indoor air safety solution and enhance their service offering.

Find out how you can add the VK Link to your toolbox.

 


References

      1. N. Carslaw. “Belgium has mandated carbon dioxide monitors in certain venues to help fight covid but how useful are they?”. The Conversation.  24 July 2021. https://theconversation.com/belgium-has-mandated-carbon-dioxide-monitors-in-certain-venues-to-help-fight-covid-but-how-useful-are-they-162734
      2. Infrastructure Report Card. “Report Card for America’s infrastructure”. 2021. https://infrastructurereportcard.org/cat-item/schools/
      3. M.T. Hernandez. “Covid-19 has spurred investments in air filtration for K-12 schools but these technologies aren’t an instant fix.” The Conversation. 24 August 2021. https://theconversation.com/covid-19-has-spurred-investments-in-air-filtration-for-k-12-schools-but-these-technologies-arent-an-instant-fix-165947#
      4. R. Adams. “Covid: Classrooms in England to get CO2 monitors to help with ventilation.” The Guardian. 21 August 2021. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/aug/21/classrooms-england-monitor-air-quality-effort-combat-covid-better-ventilation
      5. A. Dow and J. Massola. “Calls for national school ventilation plan, more details on booster shots to protect vulnerable.” The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 September 2021. https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/calls-for-national-school-ventilation-plan-more-details-on-booster-shots-to-protect-vulnerable-20210903-p58op1.html
      6. M. McDonagh. “CO2 monitors in schools: ‘It will be hard to gauge the benefits until winter arrives’” The Irish Times. 17 September 2021. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/co2-monitors-in-schools-it-will-be-hard-to-gauge-the-benefits-until-winter-arrives-1.4675986

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