Over the past 12 months, we covered a lot of information on HVAC and building health. For example, we looked at the impact of HVAC systems on viruses. We shared some of our successes, such as the work we did with Generation Church to make their facility a Certified Pure Air Indoor Environment Building. We also discussed the importance of sustainable buildings and how healthy buildings are the key to economic recovery.
How HVAC Affects Viruses
As spring arrived during the pandemic, we stressed the importance of HVAC systems in creating good IAQ. A well-designed, maintained HVAC system keeps buildings and occupants healthy. When HVAC components collect dirt and debris, air quality suffers. Outdated or worn components also prevent good air circulation. Water intrusion raises humidity levels too. As a result, mold and bacteria may develop.
Of course, the spread of viruses remains a top concern. Low humidity levels allow viruses to stay in the air longer. We referred to a CDC study that found at 23% humidity up to 77 percent of flu virus particles stay active an hour after release into the air. However, that number drops to 14% with 43% relative humidity. We recommended our HVAC Hygiene Assessment to identify mold, allergens, and moisture. The assessment also records temperature and humidity levels. With this data, building managers can correct any resulting IAQ issues and improve HVAC and building health.
First Certified Pure Air Indoor Environment Building Opened
Our partnership with Generation Church of Largo, Florida led to the creation of the first certified Pure Air Indoor Environment. This work used several cleaning and disinfection services as well as IAQ testing and monitoring. As a final step, air purification provides ongoing protection against allergens, microbes, and particles. HVAC and building health improved as a result.
The Path to HVAC and Building Health
The first step in the process was cleaning and restoring HVAC units with PURE-Steam™. Next came the removal of particles from the air supply. Then PURE-Duct cleaned return ductwork throughout the building. After this, PURE-Decon building disinfection neutralized all bacteria, mold, and viruses. The addition of air purifiers provides continuous air cleaning. Finally, the installation of IAQ Guard sensors allows 24/7 monitoring. These methods combine to create HVAC and building health.
HVAC Building Health Leads to Economic Health
Recovery from the shutdown has begun, but back in June, the outlook wasn’t certain. We talked about the importance of healthy buildings to economic recovery. Healthy workers are happier and more productive. They miss fewer work days. These things put companies on solid financial footing. When individual businesses do better, the entire U.S. economy gets stronger as a result.
HVAC New Life Restoration, PURE-Duct hygienic cleaning, and HEPA filtered air purifiers also create HVAC and building health. Monitoring with IAQ Guard provides real-time data of facilities and the PURE-Decon system destroys harmful pathogens. This includes the coronavirus which causes COVID-19.
Healthy Sustainable Buildings
Sustainable buildings are healthy buildings. One way to make buildings healthy is by understanding the impact of HVAC systems on indoor air quality. Paying attention to the HVAC design and scheduling regular cleaning, maintenance, and inspections of HVAC systems prove essential to improving indoor air quality.
The way to HVAC and building health involves the same systems and methods we covered throughout the year. It also requires the disinfection of interior spaces and air conveyance ductwork. PURE-Decon does this by reaching surfaces traditional methods cannot.
PURE-Steam™ uses high-temperature steam to destroy pathogens in coils and air handling units. This method pushes dust and debris through the coil to improve airflow and lower costs. We cited an example of how PURE-Steam saved millions of dollars for the Florida State University in Tallahassee. The Pure Air steam cleaning method created a healthier environment for students and staff and saved the school over $800,000 in the first year and a projected $4 million-plus in the energy budget over four years.
HVAC and Building Health Solutions
We hope these articles provide you with the information you need to improve the health of your facilities. If you’re ready to take the next step to improve HVAC and building health, contact Pure Air Control Services today. Call 1-800-422-7873 today or email us here.