Thermal energy recovery in critical areas of hospitals
Hospitals are very energy-intensive due to their uninterrupted activity. High performance is required from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to meet the cleaning requirements needed in critical areas of hospitals. This paper analyses available information about energy-saving and heat recovery techniques and equipment applied in high-performance HVAC systems in operating theatres. Discussion on the applicability of this equipment in critical areas of hospitals is presented. The heat recovery systems allow to reduce the energy consumption of the hospital, the value of the investment in equipment and the costs of exploitation maintaining the environmental conditions that favor the safety of the patient.
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