Managing Air Quality is a Top Priority at Orlando International Airport

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Ultraviolet light provides sterilization and high-efficiency filters reduce particulates in all the air that moves through the distribution system at Orlando International Airport.

ORLANDO, FL. – With more than seven million square feet under roof, monitoring and regulating environmental comfort is a major undertaking at Orlando International Airport. During this time of COVID-19, an increased focus has been placed on indoor air quality and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Maintenance Department meets this air distribution challenge daily by monitoring air filtration, cooling & heating, and dust control.

Renovations completed last year to the North Terminal complex’s environmental management system included 100 new upgraded air handlers. Enhancements also added sterilizing Ultraviolet (UV) lighting and a CosaTron Air Purification System, which improves filtration by increasing the size of particles. Other key assets include:

  • 374 Air Handling Units (AHUs) and 287 Fan Coil Units (FCUs) supply conditioned air
  • AHUs push nearly 11 million cubic feet of air each minute
  • There are over 12,000 filters in these air handlers
  • 28 chilled water units provide cooling throughout the airport
  • With a total capacity of over 21,000 tons, our chillers are equivalent to 5250 homes

Coordinated efforts of man and machine provide continuous oversight of the quality of air moving through all facilities and maintain optimal climate control levels.

“The system helps maintain the comfort level of the passengers and helps keep the air cleaner,” said Jeff Daniels, Assistant Director of Maintenance for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The UV lights help sterilize the air that sits on the cool water coils and the filtration system will certainly keep most of the
particulates down.”

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