With the Coronavirus pandemic continuing to affect so many aspects of our daily lives, millions of Americans are unsure whether they will be able to get the services they need. For instance, in many parts of the country, you can go to the grocery store but you can’t get a haircut. You can go to the doctor, but you might not get seen right away unless you have certain symptoms. And while we can still go out in public, in quite a few states, you now have to wear masks.
With so many businesses closed right now, there’s obviously been a lot of discussion around which types of services are considered “essential.” For instance, in the home services industry, plumbing and electrical providers are considered essential businesses. But are HVAC companies considered an essential service? Keep reading for what you need to know, courtesy of our heating, cooling, and indoor air quality professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.
Defining Essential Businesses
Towards the end of March, as the spread of COVID-19 continued to affect more and more Americans, the White House was forced to make a decision in regards to which industries must remain operational during this national crisis. In identifying the U.S.’ “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce,” the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (an offshoot of the Department of Homeland Security) unsurprisingly included fields such as law enforcement, medical professionals, and food and agricultural workers. Also included were individuals in the “Public Works” sector, who are vital for maintaining public health and safety.
The CISA further went on to clarify those included in the country’s “essential critical infrastructure workforce” in a memo released on March 28. This memo specifically mentions HVAC workers several times, making it clear they are part of the Public Works sector. “Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC Technicians, landscapers, and other service providers…” the memo states, “are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses and buildings such as hospitals, senior living facilities, any temporary construction required to support COVID-19 response.”
This point has also been clarified in individual states where the population has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. In New York and California, for instance, which both continue to be under stay-at-home orders, HVAC has been deemed an essential service.
Premier Indoor Comfort Systems: Available in Times of Crisis & Always
At Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, we are proud to be here for our customers no matter what. We understand that this is a difficult time for many Americans, but our technicians are available for regular service, and to answer any questions you may have during the course of this pandemic. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and our team members, which is why we are taking necessary precautions by practicing social distancing and following the advice of the CDC, while still offering the same great heating and cooling options you deserve. Feel free to call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems 24/7 for all your HVAC needs, and remember that even though we may not physically be near each other, we will all get through this together.