04 Sep 2019

Exhaustive environmental investigation of a university campus building* in the Great Lakes region uncovered mycotoxins as culprit of occupant health complaints. Background It’s not uncommon for actively used buildings to have plumbing or roof leaks. A water event of any kind inside of a building must be immediately addressed to prevent other more serious issues […]

04 Jun 2019

Midwest flooding risks come from regional agricultural production, commercial pollution and sewage overflow. Residents of impacted areas need to be vigilant. Cleanup poses risks because harmful bacteria, molds, protozoa and viruses linger long after flooding recedes. Davenport, IA – Midwest flooding risks rise with the waters of the mighty Mississippi river and its tributaries. Weeks […]

30 Apr 2019

Buildings are havens for asthma and allergy triggers. This article will take a look at how to identify and minimize their impact to occupants. Everybody knows how outdoor air affects seasonal allergies. But what about indoor air quality? Even with the most rigorous housekeeping allergy triggers still thrive indoors. Asthma and allergies affect more than […]

09 Apr 2019

Breathing dust or water droplets containing contaminated bird droppings can lead to several diseases, including a pulmonary disease called Cryptococcosis. Birds affect HVAC systems and equipment in many ways. Some ways are obvious. Others? Not so much. Let’s take a look at how birds affect HVAC systems from a mechanical and building health standpoint. HVAC […]

19 Mar 2019

With recent spring storms and snows melts impacting the plains we take a look at how flooding affects IAQ (Indoor Air Quality). Nearly 10 million people were under flood warnings as of Monday, March 18 in the Midwest and Mississippi Valley. According to Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) 74 cities, 65 counties and four tribal […]

12 Feb 2019

Pure Air Control Services Inc. is pleased to announce this prestigious certification for our Building Sciences’ industrial hygienist Karl Stefan. Karl Stefan’s experience and knowledge of the indoor environment is now documented through one of the most respected certifications in the field of indoor environmental consulting, the Council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) certification. About the […]

06 Feb 2019

Introducing the IAQ Guard professional service program from Building Sciences at Pure Air Control Services, Inc. Indoor air quality remote monitoring is poised to become an industry standard in the coming years. The conventional methods to monitor baseline IAQ involve being onsite to conduct a variety of tests. Typically, building scientists and industrial hygienists are […]

29 Jan 2019

It doesn’t take a doctor to tell you that Indoor Air Quality is important in a hospital.  Mold spores along with bacteria and other contaminants can contribute to deadly hospital acquired infections (HAI), also referred to as nosocomial infections.  Sadly, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1.7 million nosocomial infections occur each year, […]

15 Jan 2019

HVAC in a building in some ways can be compared to the pulmonary system in the human body. HVAC allows for the exchange of air throughout a building. The HVAC regulates temperature and comfort for occupants. As system components age they can degrade and affect performance. Therefore, preventative maintenance improves IAQ and energy efficiency. The […]