When we’re indoors many of us assume we are safe from polluted air. This isn’t the case. Indoor air pollution threatens our health as much as outdoor air pollution. Maybe even more in some cases. If you run a business or own a building, you need to understand the importance of both indoor air quality (IAQ) and indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and you need to get onboard with IAQ business planning today.
The Difference Between IEQ and IAQ
According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) IEQ “refers to the quality of a building’s environment in relation to the health and wellbeing of those who occupy space within it.” This includes conditions of lighting, ergonomics, acoustics, thermal conditions, and air quality. That means IAQ is also a part of IEQ. Therefore, improved indoor environmental conditions lead to healthier building occupants.
A failure to address issues with IAQ planning many times leads to a condition known as Sick Building Syndrome. Symptoms of SBS include coughing, tightness in the chest, chills, fever, and muscle aches. These symptoms disappear as soon as the individual leaves the building. When employees experience SBS symptoms this leads to more missed workdays and lower morale. With no IAQ planning, absenteeism leads to reduced productivity and a loss of revenue.
The 4 Steps of a Solid IAQ Plan
Here are the four basic steps for improving the IEQ of your business:
1. Make an IAQ Plan and Follow it
The first step in improving indoor air quality is to make a plan to improve it. This includes a commitment to increased inspections and maintenance of HVAC equipment. It also requires regular cleaning, disinfecting, and monitoring of environmental conditions. Replacement or upgrades to aging equipment may also be needed.
2. Evaluate Your Building & Current Efforts
Pure Air Control’s Building Sciences includes a variety of testing and consultations from licensed and certified professionals. We perform environmental testing, building assessments, and IAQ consultations. This includes a Building Health Check to evaluate the indoor environment as well as mold assessments and dust screenings. Our EDLab tests air and surface samples for mold, bacteria, and particulates and measures and logs temperatures, relative humidity levels, and wall moisture.
At the conclusion, an HVAC Hygiene Assessment inspects evaporator coils, blower, drain pan, and ductwork. A detailed report follows. This report includes performance data, microbiological results, and recommendations for improvements.
3. Take Corrective Action
At the conclusion of the HVAC hygiene assessment, the next step in the IAQ plan is corrective action which includes the following methods and systems:
PURE-Steam™ HVAC coil cleaning uses high-pressure, high-temperature steam to dislodge and destroy bacteria, mold, and allergens.
The PURE-Duct system uses specialized equipment to get deep inside of ductwork and knock out debris which is then collected by an industrial-strength vacuum system with a HEPA filter.
HVAC New Life
HVAC New Life PURE-Coat refinishes the system. This includes blasting, sanding, and the application of PURE-Coat paint on AHU components inside and out. This water-resistant coating stops deterioration and prevents the growth of algae, bacteria, and mold. Finally, PURE-Cell insulation replaces older materials that may contain fiberglass and other harmful particulates.
4. Confirm IAQ Plan Results
IAQ Guard ensures that the above methods work. It also guards against any future threats to IAQ. This includes virus transmission as well as changes to temperature, relative humidity, and VOC levels. Sensors monitor conditions around the clock and report back to our Building Sciences team so any changes get dealt with quickly.
Start Your IAQ Planning Now
IEQ and IAQ both affect the health of building occupants and your business. Make an IAQ plan today and stop potential problems before they start. Once a plan is in place, Pure Air Control Services is here to help implement it. The result is healthier, more productive employees. It also ensures you meet all ASHRAE, LEED, and OSHA standards. Contact Pure Air Control Services today. Call 1-800-422-7873 or email us here.