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Commercial IAQ: 5 Ways The Market Is Changing

There has been increased interest in indoor air quality (IAQ) from facilities managers, building owners, and employers. It has become a part of the planning and design in both new construction and the remodeling of existing structures. This increased awareness means it was only a matter of time before Commercial IAQ became a part of the real estate conversation. Stakeholders in the built environment need to make commercial IAQ service providers a part of the equation in this changing market. Failure to address IAQ issues puts building occupants at risk and there are financial consequences for employers as well. It also puts owners at a steep disadvantage in the commercial real estate market as IAQ certifications prove more attractive to potential buyers. IAQ and Changing the Real Estate Market 1. Building Occupants Care about IAQ Indoor air quality is about safety. As we learn more about the link between IAQ and health, we begin to see ways to address this issue better. Poor IAQ, in many cases, causes Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and the public is aware ...
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Prevent Legionella in Your HVAC System

Let’s take a look at how to prevent Legionella in your HVAC system. But before we do we must understand what this bacteria is and how it affects building occupants. Legionnaires’ disease is an infection of the respiratory system. It is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. While milder than pneumonia, symptoms are similar and include fever, muscle pain, headaches, coughing, and shortness of breath. More severe cases of Legionnaires’ disease may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Much of the public views Legionnaires’ disease as a rare illness because it is widely underreported. The majority of cases go undetected and few cases get reported to the media. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are between 8,000 and 18,000 instances of the disease in the United States each year, yet public awareness remains low. Legionnaires’ disease has a high cost for building owners in the form of lawsuits and loss of business due to bad press. It also can result in long-term health complications for those who contract it ...
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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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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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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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