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Preventing COVID Spread in Hospitals With Better IAQ

As businesses around the country work to keep buildings safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are no exception. As medical workers treat people suffering from this deadly infection they must also maintain the highest cleanliness standards. Sterilization and disinfection of surfaces is standard practice, but air filtration and ventilation are equally important. Using a host of services to improve indoor air quality helps in preventing COVID spread. The health of staff and patients depend on it. The Role of HVAC in Preventing COVID Spread Successful infection control starts with a good plan. Pure Air Controls provides this with a host of Building Sciences and Remediation services. This includes testing, disinfection, restoration, air purification, and monitoring. Baseline IAQ Testing Baseline IAQ testing provides the insight hospital managers need to take action. With this information, they can make plans for HVAC equipment. This could include restoration or replacement. Likewise, they can deal with any maintenance and repair issues necessary for preventing COVID spread in hospitals. HVAC Hygiene Assessment An HVAC hygiene assessment provides information on the entire system. In ...
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How Aspergillus Affects COVID-19

Many common medical conditions complicate the coronavirus infection. Those who suffer from heart or lung conditions or obesity remain at greater risk from the virus. New evidence also suggests that an infection from the mold aspergillus affects COVID-19 patients at a high rate well. Hidden Dangers of Mold Colonies Aspergillus is a type of fungus that grows both indoors and out. These mold colonies take on shades of green, yellow, brown, or black when grown in conditions of 77°F. It is a very common mold found in soil, sand, fresh water, and food. Common building materials also contain the mold. While we all breathe in these mold spores every day with no ill effect, some molds produce strong mycotoxins. Signs of Aspergillus Infection Aspergillosis, an infection caused by aspergillus, causes allergic reactions. For the most part, exposure to aspergillus happens through the respiratory system. Worse yet, those with lung disease or weakened immune systems remain at risk of developing complications with this infection. Signs of aspergillosis infection may include a mild cough or even no symptoms at ...
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SPENGA Becomes First Certified Pure Air Fitness Studio in the World

Pure Air Control Services understands the importance of safety for businesses. This includes the well-being of both staff and customers. And it is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic. When it comes to airborne viruses optimal IAQ conditions are critical. An example is SPENGA fitness studio of Seminole, FL. The studio closed two days before Florida’s statewide mandate. It then opened 66 days later, but not to full capacity. The business needed to create a safer environment for its staff and members. That is why they contacted Pure Air Control Services which implemented its healthy building program after hours. As a result, SPENGA became the first certified Pure Air fitness studio in the world. “Becoming a Certified Pure Air Indoor Environment has given our members the confidence to come back in for classes. It’s really provided the bounce we need to get back to business and has given us an edge over the competition.”Dan Foster, Owner, SPENGA Seminole, FL What is a Certified Pure Air Indoor Environment? A Certified Pure Air Indoor Environment is a combination of ...
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Prescriptive Indoor Air Quality: How Can We Treat If We Don’t Test?

Prescriptive indoor air quality is the process by which facilities managers get a diagnosis, devise a treatment plan, then keep a close eye on the results. The health of our bodies and the health of the buildings we spend time in is equally important. So, it makes sense to think of physical health and environmental health in the same way. Consider this, we see a doctor who runs tests on us when we feel sick. Likewise, when we suspect that a building has an IAQ issue that is making building occupants ill, we need to go consult a professional. After all, how can you treat the building if you don’t test it? In the same way, how can you maintain your health if you don’t observe conditions after treatment? What Does an IAQ Diagnosis Look Like? The first step is the IAQ diagnosis—finding the source of the problem. A complete IAQ investigation includes an initial walkthrough. This is followed by gathering information about the building, HVAC system, and occupants. Collected samples help technicians determine what contaminants are ...
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Indoor Air Quality Awareness Increased by Pandemic

One result of the ongoing pandemic is an increased focus on indoor air quality. IAQ issues, always top of mind for building managers, are a concern for the general public as well. In fact, indoor air quality awareness is a driving factor for job seekers in determining which companies to work for. Also, for customers, patients, clients, and staff, the safety of occupied spaces is critical. For this reason, business owners and facilities managers must work to improve the indoor environment. Doing so puts occupants at ease. It also increases worker health and improves productivity. But first, it’s important to understand how pathogens, like the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, spread throughout a building. How Aerosol Transmission Affects IAQ The coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2, spreads, for the most part, by aerosol transmission. In other words, it travels through the air from an infected person to a healthy person. The tiny droplets of liquid, which exit an infected person’s mouth when they cough, sneeze, or talk also land on hard surfaces. Once there they get transferred to a healthy person ...
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