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27 May 2020

The solution to increased impact on facilities due to COVID-19

 

With the message from most governments across the world being to stay at home and save lives, there has been a surge in residential occupancy and building use. This is putting companies maintaining facilities in such buildings under increased and unusual pressure to keep everything running safely and efficiently. So here is a guide to some of the areas that may come under greater strain during the coronavirus pandemic and the solutions to help.

 

HVAC systems

There are more than 116 million HVAC units distributed globally, with a number of those in use in residential accommodation. Increased occupancy will mean an increase in the frequency and duration of heating and cooling of apartments. This increase must be matched by an increase in cleaning, filter replacement, and general maintenance of HVAC systems by facilities managers. As well as simply ensuring a HVAC system does not breakdown, there are a number of reasons why cleaning and maintenance are so important:

  • Improved air quality. Particularly important in light of the COVID-19 virus, consistently cleaned and well-maintained HVAC units can help reduce or completely eliminate infectious particles from the air.
  • Increased efficiency and reduced cost. A clean and problem-free HVAC unit will work more efficiently and therefore not cost as much to run.
  • Prolonged performance. Replacing a HVAC system is costly – spending time and money on regular preventative measures now will provide savings in the long-term.

HVAC solutions from NCH Facilities could help you keep up with the work required. NCH Asia Pacific has products including air conditioning drip pan microbiocide and industrial coil cleaner for you to use as part of your cleaning program.

 

Drains

Where bathroom and kitchen use is usually spread out over different households, commercial establishments, and workplaces, the ongoing pandemic means that the majority of use is now in the home. This escalation could cause build-ups in drain lines that in-turn lead to backups and damage to apartments. As with HVAC systems, regular, preventative maintenance is much less costly in the long-term. Drain cleaning and maintenance is necessary to:

  • Avoid flooding and damage to other parts of the property.
  • Avoid bad odors.
  • Increase the lifespan of drains.

As a leading provider of drain and wastewater treatment products and technologies, NCH Asia Pacific can guide facilities managers and owners to the most time- and cost-effective solutions for a property. As well as facilities services and advice, we also have a range of products from basic cleaners to drain openers, depending on your needs.

 

Odors

Odors can be caused by any number of things in a residential building, for example:

  • Rubbish areas.
  • Grease traps.
  • Lift stations.
  • Drains.
  • Wastewater.

 

Often a bad smell is the first indication of there being a problem, but waiting until you get a complaint of foul odors from residents or even people outside your property is not an ideal way to manage your business and reputation. Finding predictive and preventative solutions is the first priority, followed by establishing quick and effective solutions for any emergency issues that may arise.

NCH Asia Pacific can help with all of the five elements above, providing anything from facilities services, consultation, and dedicated products like degreasers, deodorizers, spill absorbers, wastewater treatments, and more.

 

Reduce costs in the long-term

With residents spending 85% more time at home compared to normal during the pandemic, workloads for facilities managers and owners has increased exponentially. While you are under an obligation to deliver a regular and consistent clean-disinfect-sanitize program in order to keep residents safe and happy, time and resources may be an issue. NCH Asia Pacific can help by carrying out those services you can’t, saving you money, and safeguarding your reputation in the long run. For more information about our services and products, please get in touch.