HVAC systems are essential when it comes to reducing the spread of illnesses in enclosed spaces.

27 February, 2022 | By URSA Ibérica

The Spanish health authorities have stressed the importance of ensuring a good ventilation and air conditioning system in indoor and enclosed spaces to help fight against SARS-CoV-2.   This good practice helps to weaken contaminating particles inside homes and offices by using outside air. Therefore, it is essential for both property owners and those occupying the properties to be aware of the significance of the spreading of these illnesses.

En este sentido, la Sociedad Americana de Ingenieros en Calefacción, Refrigeración y Aire Acondicionado (In this regard, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) made a public announcement in 2020  ensuring that “the spread of SARS- CoV-2 through the air is significant and must be controlled. Changes in how buildings are run, including with their air conditioning, heating, and ventilation installations can reduce exposure to the illness through the air”. It also said that “non-ventilated spaces can cause a stress among those people whose lives are at risk and can reduce their resistance to infection”.

In Spain, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, the Ministry of Health, and IDAE (the Institute for Diversification and Saving of Energy) have put together a guide with recommendations on how to operate and maintain air conditioning and ventilation systems in buildings and shops to prevent the spread to COVID.

The premise is clear. Buildings can be significant hotspots when it comes to catching the virus due to the large number of people living in and sharing a reduced and enclosed space. Especially when there is not much ventilation, or when the ventilation is of poor quality. 

The report considers that each installation should be individually studied to assess its performance, with the overall aim of them being a tool used to help prevent infection. 

These installations, especially ventilation and air conditioning systems, have the potential to be part of the solution and to help reduce the risk of spreading microbes, such as bacteria, viruses, and mould, therefore reducing infection.    

The question is, how can air conditioning systems help to prevent the spread of microbes in enclosed spaces? 

URSA’s antimicrobial solution for air conditioning ducts: URSA AIR InCare 

Every URSA AIR panel helps with the ventilation and thermal comfort of the systems. URSA has also developed InCare technology, a copper ion based technology that is applied to the duct’s panels to quickly reduce the risk of microbic infection through the air, providing an extra layer of defence for people’s health and safety in enclosed spaces and reducing the risk of allergies and infectious diseases. 

Research carried out by an independent research centre in accordance with ISO 20743:2013 regulations, guaranteeing that the new URSA AIR panels with InCare technology are able to reduce bacterias by more than 99.99% on the internal duct wall surfaces.

Research carried out by an independent research centre in accordance with ISO 20743:2013 regulations, guaranteeing that the new URSA AIR panels with InCare technology are able to reduce microbes bacterias by more than 99.99% on the internal duct wall surfaces.

All of the URSA AIR panels meet the UNE-EN 13403:2003 regulations and ensures no microbial growth thanks to the mineral properties of the products. 

Some of the notable benefits of InCare technology are that it does not affect the recycling process; the copper does not lose its antimicrobial properties over time, and it is a material that does not harm our health nor the environment. 



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