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IAQ Surveys Create Healthy Buildings

As a country, we have made tremendous progress in the battle against SARS-CoV-2, but even as vaccines go into the arms of millions of Americans and buildings reopen nationwide, the threat of COVID-19 variants is real. Therefore, this is not the time to relax social distancing guidelines or stop screening building visitors upon entry. It is certainly not the time to take our eyes off building HVAC systems or IAQ in general. In fact, indoor air quality surveys help building managers identify IAQ issues, minimize risk, and keep ahead of future government regulations. Most importantly, they keep building occupants safe. IAQ Surveys We know that the coronavirus spreads through aerosol transmission. Infected people expel tiny droplets when they cough or sneeze after which other building occupants breathe them in. They also land on hard surfaces and transfer through touch. While the risk of spread through ventilation systems is lower it still poses a threat. The bottom line is, improving HVAC systems reduces the risk of COVID-19 exposure and that requires completion of IAQ surveys. This includes assessments ...
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Costars IAQ and HVAC Contract Awarded to Make Pennsylvania Buildings Healthier

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA SIGNS CONTRACT WITH PURE AIR CONTROL SERVICES FOR IAQ AND HVAC SERVICES COSTARS-8 contract includes maintenance, repair and operation equipment & supplies CLEARWATER, Fla. -- April 8, 2021 -- Pure Air Control Services today announced it has signed a contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide indoor air quality (IAQ) and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) services to its various state-affiliated entities. The COSTARS-8 contract includes maintenance, repair and operation equipment & supplies (MRO). As such, all indoor air quality (IAQ), laboratory, HVAC and building remediation services provided by Pure Air Control Services to Pennsylvania are governed by this contract.

COSTARS is Pennsylvania's cooperative purchasing program and serves as a conduit through which registered and eligible local public procurement units (LPPUs) and state-affiliated entities are able to leverage contracts established by Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services (DGS) to cost-effectively and efficiently identify suppliers with whom to do business. Pure Air Control Services’ contract is a cooperative purchasing contract competitively bid and won through the DGS. Any agency within Pennsylvania immediately may use Pure ...
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ARP HVAC Funds for Schools

In March of this year, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. The plan provides COVID-19 relief for a nation struggling with the ongoing global pandemic. Because the closure of schools has had such a profound effect on young students, the ARP funds HVAC repair and improvements in schools to make them safe for returning students. The rescue plan earmarks $123 billion for K-12 schools. Known as Elementary and Secondary Emergency Education Relief (ESSER), this money makes it possible for schools to make much-needed repairs and upgrades to aging mechanical systems and to improve indoor air quality. This helps lower the risk of virus transmission and creates a safer learning environment for children.  American Rescue Plan Funds School HVAC Repair School districts that use this funding for inspections, testing, repair, and replacement of aging and outdated equipment lower the risk of COVID infections. This includes improvements to mechanical systems that control heating, cooling, and ventilation. It also allows for air filtering and purification devices to keep the air free from pathogens. Pure Air Control’s ...
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Guarding IAQ in Schools: A Practical Guide

The effort to reopen schools as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy. It has taken cooperation from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. ASHRAE has contributed valuable information and guidelines to get schools back open too. Pure Air Control’s IAQ Guard also helps school administrators take on issues of indoor air quality. The system monitors environmental conditions in buildings and sends the resulting data to its remote dashboard which is accessed by their stakeholders and our building sciences team. This ensures that IAQ issues get addressed. It’s an effective tool in guarding IAQ in schools to keep students and staff safe. Confronting Aging Infrastructure According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, over a third of the school districts in the United States have HVAC systems in need of replacement or updating. That’s roughly 36,000 schools and this is just to meet the most basic air quality and environmental requirements. As a result of the pandemic, we now know about the virus and aerosol transmission. This makes improving ...
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Legionella Risk When Buildings Reopen – How to Detect and Prevent

Legionella bacteria exist in lakes, streams, and other bodies of freshwater. While they thrive in many natural environments, they can also transfer to buildings through plumbing systems. This bacteria causes an infection of the respiratory system called Legionnaires’ disease which can be fatal in some cases. Legionella risk increases after buildings sit empty for long periods. For example, a building forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak creates a higher risk than a building that remained open. The bottom line is that building managers need to have a plan in place to respond to Legionella risk. Legionella Risk Legionnaires’ disease is a form of atypical pneumonia. Although it is a milder form, some symptoms are similar. The symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include:
  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
According to the World Health Organization, in the U.S. about 10-15 cases of Legionnaires’ disease get detected per one million people, although many cases go unreported. Smokers and the elderly face higher Legionella risk as do immunocompromised individuals. The Spread ...
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