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Building Disinfection More Important Post COVID

COVID-19 continues to affect the country and the world. Work on a potential vaccine gives us hope. However, we also know the future emergence of a new virus remains a strong possibility. The return of the seasonal flu adds to our concerns as well. For these reasons, facilities managers must make building disinfection and IAQ their main focus. IAQ Issues Post-COVID-19 We know more about controlling the spread of the virus than we did at the start of 2020. This includes the importance of social distancing and hand washing. We must remember these lessons as we look for ways to keep buildings safe. Building disinfection needs to stay a top priority for occupant safety as well. As a result, janitorial cleaning alone won’t be enough. Building safety means increased cleaning and disinfection of high-touch services. This also requires paying special attention to issues of indoor air quality. Earlier this year, a group of Chinese researchers studied 7,324 COVID-positive patients. They found an infection risk four times higher indoors than out. Therefore, building managers must come up with ...
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Prioritize Occupant Wellbeing with Good IAQ

Americans spend most of their time inside. In fact, according to the EPA, we spend about 90 percent of our lives indoors. Higher levels of pollutants concentrate indoors. As a result, this affects the health of building occupants. The elderly and those with underlying health conditions remain at an even higher risk. For this reason, building managers need to stay on top of issues of indoor air quality. When facilities managers prioritize occupant wellbeing employees stay happier, healthier, and more productive. This starts with good IAQ. Put Building Occupant Safety First A good indoor air environment plan focuses on three main areas. First, identifying IAQ issues and fixing them. Second, testing and evaluating IAQ to confirm the success of improvement efforts. Lastly, monitoring IAQ to keep the air free from pathogens and harmful particles. Pure Air Services has solutions for building managers. Our building Remediation Services cover these basics with the following key services:
  • Environmental Project Management - provides testing and analysis
  • Building Sciences - HVAC assessments and indoor environmental evaluations
  • EDLab - testing for mold ...
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Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Fights Coronavirus

Even as businesses reopen and employees return to work, the US continues to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a new frontier and building and facilities managers face many challenges to safe reopening. New guidelines for social distancing and workstation layouts need special attention. Doing so puts the safety and wellbeing of employees first. Access to tools that track the indoor environment and collects and interprets data is also needed for making changes. The fact is indoor air quality monitoring fights coronavirus. As a result, IAQ issues stand out as a top concern for maintaining a healthy and safe work environment. The Importance of IAQ Monitoring Pure Air Control Services offers systems and methods to improve IAQ. For example, monitoring CO2 levels triggers alerts to changes in airflow/ventilation. As a result, building managers can adjust social distancing and traffic flow issues. Maintaining proper temperatures and rH levels also help prevent infectious outbreaks. Above all, the right tools and data make sure that the conditions that promote infections get addressed fast. This also leads to as little ...
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How HVAC Impacts COVID-19 Transmission

HVAC impacts COVID-19 transmission in a few different ways. Pathogens, like the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, spread by inhaling infected airborne droplets. This transmission also results through contact with high-touch surfaces such as door handles, railings, and countertops. Scientists also believe that the coronavirus spreads through aerosol transmission. This occurs when the virus gets dispersed in tiny droplets of water. When the infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks loudly, these droplets travel at great speeds through the air. For example, as many as 30,000 of these particles get released in a single sneeze. Once released, these droplets attach to airborne particles such as dust. As a result, the risk of indoor infection increases. If the coronavirus gets spread through aerosol transmission, the question becomes, do HVAC systems circulate this airborne pathogen throughout the indoor environment? If it does, then how HVAC impacts COVID-19 becomes even more important to understand. Indoor Coronavirus Transmission In the early stages of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) declined to recognize the aerosol transmission of the virus. This prompted a response ...
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The Future of Healthy Buildings IAQ

Increased emphasis on health and wellness is an ongoing trend in the corporate world. Because of this, the commercial real estate market must change to meet new demands as the focus on healthy buildings IAQ impacts employers and staff as well. Healthy buildings keep occupants healthy. For employers, healthy workers have higher morale and are more productive. Maintaining good indoor air quality is key to creating healthy indoor environments. One way to increase building health is by repairing and replacing outdated HVAC systems. Smart building engineers also take advantage of solutions like IAQ guard remote monitoring to detect high CO2 levels and to protect against the spread of viruses, such as the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Healthy building IAQ is not only important for the health of workers, but also for students at universities, patients in healthcare facilities, and anyone who spends time indoors. Above all, it’s important for the health of the entire US economy because it limits the risk of infectious outbreaks that shut businesses down. The Dangers of Unhealthy Buildings Many dangers exist in ...
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