A lot of you might have an HVAC system every one of us knows what it’s capable of but did you know it can also save the day for you and your loved ones in case of emergency?
As you know it is responsible for regulating and controlling the temperature, humidity, and air quality throughout your space, and because of that, it plays a commanding role in ensuring your comfort and health.
Tactical ventilation is a technique used to eliminate or push out any hazardous or harmful gases, smoke, etc. in your space, house, or building in case of an emergency and save the day.
So our team at Meta Domotics has gathered the information that could come in handy for you to optimize your tactical ventilation by your HVAC system for an effective response in case of any emergency so let’s jump into it.
What is Tactical Ventilation?
Tactical ventilation can be beneficial for you in response to critical emergencies such as fire or chemical spills, hazardous gases, or smoke in your space, and will result in making it difficult for rescue workers to access your space, house, or building.
So, here’s where tactical ventilation comes in to save the day for you and your worker or loved ones by using its ventilation techniques to remove hazardous substances, improve visibility, and create a safe and visible pathway for rescue workers and occupants.
The Common types of these techniques are known as positive pressure ventilation, negative pressure ventilation, and natural ventilation.
How can HVAC Systems Affect Tactical Ventilation?
HVAC systems can affect tactical ventilation in several ways such as positive or negative pressure, depending on the airflows and equipment of your HVAC system.
A positive pressure is when there is greater air pressure inside the space compared to the outside air and which results in stopping the smoke and other harmful contaminants from entering your space.
On the other hand, a negative pressure is when the inside air pressure is lower than the outside air pressure and which will help you by withdrawing the smoke and other harmful contaminants into your space.
Understanding how HVAC systems affect air pressure can help emergency responders plan for effective tactical ventilation.
Controlling the airflow through HVAC systems is another important method of tactical ventilation in case of emergency.
You can put this in action by adjusting the airflow from the registers or dampers so that the rescue workers can direct the airflows that will create pressure differentials and will result in pushing out all hazardous substances out of your space.
HVAC systems can also benefit you in scenarios for smoke management during fire emergencies.
You can carry out smoke management using HVAC systems to vent out the smoke from the building and at the same time draw in fresh air to provide you and your workers or loved ones with breathable air.
Another way your HVAC system can affect tactical ventilation is by balancing it with natural ventilation techniques and these are vital for achieving outstanding tactical ventilation results.
In action, a natural ventilation technique works by opening windows or doors that will allow fresh air to enter your space, and supplementing airflow generated by the HVAC system will potentially increase the effectiveness of your natural tactical ventilation even more.