The Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association

COVID-19 response

Useful Information of residential and commercial air conditioners to cope with COVID-19

JRAIA COVID-19 response regarding useful tips for ACs especially in the summer and to cope with COVID-19;

I Tips for the use of residential ACs

Appropriate use of residential ACs especially in the hot summer season and ventilation to avoid possible heat stroke recognized as an effective measure for preventing COVID-19 outbreaks.

1) Before the start of hot summer season, test operation for maintenance is highly advised.

2) The use of ACs with appropriate temperature setting is advised to avoid heat stroke especially in the hot summer season. For energy saving, 28 degrees is the most suitable temperature setting.

3) Periodic ventilation are effective to minimize COVID-19 risks.

Notice from Japan’s Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare: Click here

4) After periodic ventilation of the room, it is advised to close the doors and windows when using ACs for energy saving.

II Recommendations by experts for the use of commercial ACs from Society of Heating, Air-Conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan (SHASE)

SHASE has announced “Operation of AC equipment and other facilities as SARS-COV-2 infectious disease control”.

Below is the recommendation by SHASE’s experts for the appropriate indoor air conditioning management to cope with preventing measures of the COVID-19 outbreaks with recent findings on indoor SARS CoV-2 infection route and infectivity during the use of ACs and ventilation, based on air conditioning and public health engineering insights;

Recommendations by SHASE: Click here