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 when they touch these surfaces and then touch their mouth, nose, or eyes.
Even an HVAC system in top condition is unable to clean and circulate the inside air fast enough to prevent the spread of pathogens. Social distancing, while critical, is not enough by itself. Fighting the spread of this deadly pathogen requires a combination of methods and services. This includes inspections, testing, commercial air purification, and monitoring. In short, it requires heightened indoor air quality awareness.
IAQ Awareness and Building Sciences
IAQ is not difficult but managers need a plan of action. This plan requires detection, inspection, and remediation. It also requires a commitment to maintaining IAQ awareness. IAQ is not a seasonal concern, it requires year-round vigilance.
The Building Sciences services provided by Pure Air Controls is the solution that includes three important parts:
1. Building Health Check
Building Health Check uses both field and lab tests to measure indoor air quality. Collected samples, sent to the Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory, reveal the presence of bacteria, fungi, and other pathogens. The health check also measures temperature and relative humidity levels. The lab uses this data to create a detailed report of the building’s environmental conditions.
2. HVAC Hygiene Assessment
An integral part of the Building Health Check is the HVAC Hygiene Assessment. This gives building managers the information they need to make improvements. The assessment includes a visual inspection of the system’s air handling unit as well as the evaporator coils, drain pan, blower, and ductwork. Testing on samples collected from the AHU determines the presence of harmful pathogens. The resulting report increases indoor air quality awareness. It also includes recommendations for improving IAQ.
3. IAQ Guard
Awareness of IAQ issues and remediation is not the end, however. IAQ requires monitoring to prevent future problems. IAQ Guard is the solution. This system watches environmental conditions around the clock. The system uses sensors to provide reading to the remote Building Sciences team. The team responds to changes in temperature and relative humidity. It alerts facilities managers to total volatile organic compounds (TVOC), particulate matter, and CO2 levels. This real-time IAQ data helps buildings meet ASHRAE, LEED, and OSHA standards, reduces liability, and keeps building occupants safe.
Increase Your IAQ Awareness Today
Don’t risk the health of your tenants, visitors, and employees. Make indoor air quality awareness a priority for the good of all building occupants. As an HVAC system-focused company in operation since 1984, Pure Air Controls is here to help you meet your IAQ goals. Schedule a consultation today!