28 Jan 2020

Let’s take a look at how to prevent Legionella in your HVAC system. But before we do we must understand what this bacteria is and how it affects building occupants. Legionnaires’ disease is an infection of the respiratory system. It is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. While milder than pneumonia, […]

13 Nov 2019

Mold is everywhere. Outdoors it lives on dead leaves and plants. Indoors it forms on the building materials and HVAC systems of homes and office buildings. It releases spores which travel through the air. We breathe them into our lungs where they can cause, sometimes serious, health problems. Mold identification is the first step followed […]

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 […]