The Air Handling Unit (AHU) is an essential tool to guarantee the welfare of germ free animals.
To ensure the desired performances it is important to carry out the proper maintenance, which includes a regular decontamination.
The best and most common decontamination of the Air Handling Unit is effected with Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) and can be performed in 3 different ways: In loop by using a gas generator, inside a decon-lock, or through a room decontamination.
In all the different procedures, it is crucial to close the circuit between the supply and the exhaust in order to ensure that the decontaminant reaches all the inside parts of the ventilation unit.
For the same reason, it is also important to reduce the working performances of the blower in order to slow down. The slow movement of the air inside the unit allows the Hydrogen Peroxide to penetrate for a certain contact time that guarantees a proper decontamination.
This can be easily done through the air handling unit software, which includes the feature for a disinfection cycle with Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2)
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