How HVAC affects air pressure in buildings is determined by a few factors. It’s especially important to consider the impacts of both balanced and degraded HVAC systems. The HVAC system is designed to keep a building comfortable by regulating the temperature, humidity, and air quality inside. One important aspect of HVAC systems is air pressure. […]

Building pressurization is the difference in air pressure between the inside and outside of a building. There are three types of pressure that we typically talk about: positive pressure, negative pressure, or stack pressure, and each has an affect on indoor air quality. Positive pressure occurs when there is more air coming into the building […]

Indoor air quality is a top concern of building managers. In fact, it’s a concern of all stakeholders as it involves the health and safety of building occupants as well as the company’s bottom line. Poor IAQ, resulting from ventilation issues or water intrusion, poses a threat. Virus transmission is another cause for concern, however, […]

Many of us think of old buildings as drafty, dusty places and as potential sources of mold and mildew. Therefore, it makes sense that indoor air quality in these older structures would concern both building managers and occupants. However, new buildings IAQ is just as important. The Importance of New Buildings IAQ We spend the […]

Mold is a part of the natural world. It serves a valuable purpose in breaking down organic matter, however, that doesn’t mean you have to live with it indoors. This fungus looks unsightly and causes musty odors as well. It also creates poor indoor air quality and prevents the HVAC system from running properly. Mold […]

Legionella bacterium is a unicellular microorganism that causes infections and diseases in both humans and animals. In humans, these bacteria cause the pneumonia-type Legionnaires’ disease as well as a more mild flu-like illness known as Pontiac fever. This bacteria, and a host of others, give building managers much cause for concern, however, facility Legionella testing […]

The January 2023 issue of the Healthy Indoors Magazine contains an article on the IICRC’s new mold standard for IAQ professionals. The standard for remediation services serves as a guide to help professionals in their efforts to improve indoor air quality. The information in the standard also benefits facilities managers looking to improve the safety […]

In an important announcement released late last year, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) revealed plans for a national indoor air quality pathogen mitigation standard. At WTI Pure Air Controls, we fully support ASHRAE’s initiatives and we stand ready to help businesses realize better IAQ for all. What follows is a […]

Providing a safe, healthy environment for workers requires proper indoor air quality. The same is true for visitors to retail outlets, medical clinics, gyms, and restaurants. It’s also true for homes and apartment buildings. When problems arise that affect the integrity of the building envelope, IAQ suffers. Therefore, facilities managers need to understand how the […]

  If you suspect a water intrusion issue in a building you own or manage, it’s important to get clearance testing for mold. This process is a part of creating a safe work environment for staff and visitors to a building. It also assures building occupants that their well-being is important to management. Testing either […]