There are as many types of food processing plants as there are categories of foods. While processing facilities designed for frozen or fresh, seafood or meat products, or vegetables and fruits may all be different, they each have some basic features in common. For human health and safety, the atmosphere in these facilities must be kept clean, flowing and well-maintained at proper temperatures to limit the spread of bacteria and other airborne contaminants.
Following well-defined guidelines for HVAC services for food plants is critical.
Only properly qualified technicians, fully knowledgeable of food safety requirements, should be involved in the design, installation and maintenance of your HVAC systems. Experts from General Mechanical in Chicagoland are certified in the technical aspects of commercial and industrial heating, cooling and ventilation and are licensed to handle HVAC services for food plants.
Food Processing HVAC Ventilation and Safety
Keeping processing rooms properly cooled and clean is a fundamental requirement for food production. HVAC systems are Critical Control Points in the management of food processing plants and must be kept within guidelines to eliminate airborne pathogens, allergens and other potentially harmful components. Colder temperatures reduce the growth of bacteria, so properly maintaining and controlling your system is a base requirement.
Air flow and filtration are also critical. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recognized that airborne contamination is a leading suspect in the spread of pathogenic contamination. Unfiltered air and improper air circulation have been directly linked to many microbiological contamination events in past decades.
Your ventilation system needs to be absolutely air-tight so you don’t lose conditioned air in the ductwork.
Food Plant HVAC Ventilation and Food Quality
Along with the potential for airborne bacteria, improper ventilation can lead to the conveyance of odors that can impart undesirable flavors to processed food products. A sufficient number of air changes and proper filtration should be established to remove these potential quality-affecting problems. With many products, a minimum of 15-20 air changes per hour may be sufficient. Some cleaner rooms and specific products require more complete air changes per hour to ensure minimal bacteria exposure and longer shelf life.
Periodic measurement and verification are critical to maintaining the ideal airflow for your products and facilities. Filters must be checked and changed regularly to ensure they are functioning properly.
North Town Mechanical experts who serve northern Illinois will measure and monitor your HVAC system to ensure that healthful standards are being met.
Worker Health and Safety
In addition, for the health and safety of your employees, HVAC services for food plants must be monitored carefully. Contaminants and allergens in the air that employees breathe can result in illnesses that may also be passed on to the food production and result in expensive employee absence and turnover rates.
North Town Mechanical System’s HVAC Evaluation
When North Town experts provide HVAC services for food plants, they will:
- Identify potential food processing threats from airborne or temperature- related conditions
- Recommend adjustments and formal maintenance programs
- Perform a costs saving analysis
- Explain long-term benefits of ENERGY STAR® Qualified equipment options
Benefits of Properly Maintained HVAC in Food Plants
- Food safety
- Enhanced Food Quality
- Energy Savings
- Eliminate Downtime
- Reduce Employee Illness
Clean, Cold, and On-Time
The mantra of the food processing business has long been the phrase “clean, cold and on-time.” Installing, monitoring and maintaining the right HVAC system will ensure that your food products are at their wholesome best when they are passed on to the consumer.
Contact North Town Mechanical For HVAC Installation for Your Food Processing Plant
The experts at General Mechanical in Chicagoland will work with you to fine tune your HVAC systems to ensure absolute product and employee safety. A regular maintenance program will help improve your system’s performance, lengthen its useful life and lower energy costs.