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Mold Management Strategies for the Indoor Environment

Mold management for optimal indoor air quality is important to building and occupant health. Mold is everywhere. It’s a natural part of our environment and is useful in breaking down dead organic matter. Mold spores get carried through the air like seeds. They can attach to dust particles and travel on our clothing as we go from one building to the next. Similarly, spores also enter buildings through windows and vents and when they settle into the right conditions, mold colonies can form. Mold exposure may trigger allergy type symptoms in some individuals which include burning and watery eyes, sore throat, coughing, and skin rash. In most cases, there’s no harm from these tiny mold spores, however, when the perfect conditions for mold growth exist immediate attention becomes necessary. It is possible to control mold in homes and office buildings. Building managers need to remain vigilant with effective mold management strategies in place to prevent issues from developing. Understanding Mold A combination of three things contribute to mold growth:
  • Moisture
  • Food
  • Temperature
Identifying and eliminating ...
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/ Building Sciences

Improve Indoor Air Quality: 5 Easy Ways

Many people worry about the outside air. They feel anxious about pollutants. Allergy sufferers get concerned about pollen and mold counts. These are legitimate concerns, but the reality is that the air we breathe indoors can be just as harmful. So, what can be done to improve indoor air quality (IAQ)? The IAQ of a building impacts the health of its occupants. Morale suffers when staff members develop illnesses or have allergies triggered by low air quality in the buildings where they work. Worker absenteeism and the resulting loss in productivity has a huge impact on the financial health of businesses. There are steps that building owners and property managers can do to improve IAQ. Improve Indoor Air Quality Indoor air quality improves significantly by implementing these 5 simple tips. 1. Optimize Ventilation Proper ventilation is essential to the healthy functioning of a building. Like our body’s respiratory system, air needs to pass in and out without obstruction. Maintaining clean ducts and coils is an important part of this. The PURE-Duct Cleaning uses high-pressure air turbulence to ...
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/ IAQ Learning Institute

Minimize the Flu Spreading in Your Buildings

How to minimize the flu in your buildings during the 2019-2020 flu season. As the new year began, all 50 U.S. states reported instances of the flu. The overwhelming majority have reported widespread cases. Flu season in the U.S. begins in October and can last until as late as May. The biggest spike typically occurs in February, but the Center for Disease Control projected last year that flu activity could peak well before then. Respiratory viruses such as the rhinovirus (common cold) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) also circulate during flu season and in December a Seattle elementary school closed after over 100 students and faculty became infected with Norovirus. These outbreaks increase the urgency for the prevention and control of all viruses this season. It may not be possible to completely protect a building or its occupants from contracting the influenza virus, but there are steps that building, and operations managers can take to minimize the flu from spreading in their buildings. Minimize the Flu Prevention is Key The best way to avoid the negative impact ...
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AHR Expo 2020: Leading HVAC Restoration and Retrofit Technology

Pure Air Control Services will be showcasing their industry leading services for HVAC restoration plus IAQ testing and analysis at AHR Expo Booth 5671 Each year tens of thousands of HVAC, Plumbing and Energy professionals gather at the AHR Expo to learn about new products, services and standards being introduced to their respective trades. Pure Air Control Services, Inc. will be highlighting their indoor air quality expertise and propriety HVAC restoration services at the show in Booth 5671. AHR Expo 2020 will be held on February 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in sunny Orlando, Florida. Three Specialized Divisions Each division of Pure Air Control Services will be featured in the booth utilizing a variety of cutting-edge technology including an interactive touchscreen kiosk that allow users to access the company’s full website, videos and product information as well as hands-on demonstrations of HVAC New Life restoration and the new ECM Fan Wall retrofit. Building Remediation Sciences will be demonstrating the benefits of the PURE-Steam AHU/Coil cleaning process and their revolutionary HVAC New Life hygienic restoration service ...
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Industrial Hygiene is Important to Your Facility

Industrial hygiene is a series of practices performed to ensure the health of buildings as well as the people who work inside them. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) describes industrial hygiene (IH) as: A science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community originating from chemical, physical, and/or biological sources. Good industrial hygiene addresses biological, physical, chemical, and ergonomics factors as a path to achieving worker safety. As defined by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), these technicians are: dedicated to the well-being of people – at work, at home, and in the community. Environmental Factors A big factor to consider are chemical hazards that include gases, vapors, dusts, and mists resulting from manufacturing processes or everyday work activity. However, Industrial hygiene is also concerned with indoor temperature and humidity levels of buildings. A warm and humid environment contributes to ...
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/ Building Remediation Sciences

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