Upscale NYC Restaurant Adds HVAC Tech

Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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Upscale NYC restaurant Philippe By Philippe Chow had Scientific Fire Prevention install the Scientific's NPBI By GPS technology into its HVAC units. Ahead of NYC's approval of restaurants reopening for indoor dining in September, Philippe By Philippe Chow sought out the most effective practices available to mitigate the risk of viral transmission indoors.

The company says its technology has been proven to eradicate 99.4% of airborne COVID-19 particles within 30 minutes.

Needlepoint BiPolar Ionization (NPBI) is proven to specifically inactivate COVID-19 particles without producing ozone and environmental harm. Testing was conducted independently by the Innovative Bioanalysis laboratory.

As health authorities exhibited concern about the threat of airborne transmission, Scientific Fire Prevention tested NPBI for effectiveness against COVID-19. Previous studies proved the technology's effective elimination of airborne viruses such as H1N1/Swine Flu, H5N1/Avian Flu and more. NPBI is currently installed in more than 150,000 HVAC units in hospitals, airports, offices, schools, and residential buildings globally. 

Safety First

Safety, including air quality and ventilation, is top of mind of today's diners. Even as restaurants reopened with reduced capacity, increased sanitation and contactless technology (Customers prefer not to press buttons, sign touchscreens, position a payment terminal, etc.), the majority of diners have not rushed back to dining rooms. 

According to the Restaurant Reckoning: Dynamic Diner report by SevenRooms, 1 in 3 Americans are looking forward to dining out again. However, 27% surveyed say they do not feel comfortable dining out until there’s a vaccine.     

To help allay those fears and with the goal of serving guests indoors once again, Philippe By Philippe Chow has taken extensive precautions. Now the air throughout the venue is being purified while the HVAC system is running (heating and cooling).

"Installing Scientific's NPBI by GPS is one of the best practices we've embraced to ensure safer dining experiences for our guests. We are proud to be one of the oldest hospitality companies in NYC, serving guests since 1986. The last months separated from our community have been some of the hardest we have experienced. We're thrilled that we will be among the first venues in NYC to install this groundbreaking technology," says Abraham Merchant, President and CEO of Merchants Hospitality.