Health and wellness in the workplace was an issue even before the COVID-19, but as people return to work and businesses reopen it is even more important. Indoor air quality is a big part of creating a healthy indoor environment. On the other hand, poor IAQ leads to illnesses that cause a loss of productivity and lowers worker morale. It’s not just office buildings that are affected either. Schools, public sector buildings, retail outlets, bars, cafes, restaurants, gyms, and spas also feel the impact of poor IAQ. That presents a threat to the financial health of a business too. IAQ matters and it’s easy to improve with a partner like PureAir Control Services.
IAQ Matters to Virus Transmission
The COVID-19 virus is being brought under control, but the danger remains and a future pandemic isn’t a matter of if, but when. One way viruses transmit themselves to their human hosts is through the tiny droplets of water we emit when we cough or sneeze. These droplets attach to aerosols such as dust particles which remain in the air for hours. As a result of this threat, the EPA recommends businesses take steps to improve ventilation in their buildings.
Poor IAQ also leads to a disorder known as Sick Building Syndrome. The resulting symptoms include headaches, eye, nose, and throat irritation, and fatigue. Symptoms disappear once the person is out of the building. Poor ventilation leads to the conditions that cause this SBS which is why IAQ matters to the health of workers.
The first step to improve IAQ is to identify the the sources creating poor conditions or those that poses risks to the indoor environment. Pure Air Controls offers a host of services to improve IAQ. Our Building Sciences system starts with a Building Health Check to evaluate the indoor environment. Services include mold assessments, allergen and dust screening, and risk assessments. We also log temperature and humidity levels and finish with a thorough HVAC assessment that evaluates the impact of the mechanical system on IAQ. The resulting report gives facilities managers the data they need to move forward with remediation.
Testing and Analysis
Our Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) provides a critical service especially when the threat of virus transmission is high. We collect, test, and analyze environmental samples using cutting-edge technologies in a state-of-the-art lab. This includes bio surveillance for COVID-19 exposure. Because IAQ matters, we also monitor the effectiveness of disinfection and decontamination efforts and provide clearance based on risk assessment.
Four Steps to Improve IAQ
Once an issue is detected PureAir inspects, cleans, disinfects, and restores HVAC systems to improve IAQ and worker safety. Four key components of our Building Sciences solution to IAQ matters include:
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Our hygienic restoration services get optimal performances out of the AHU and extend the system’s lifespan.
PURE-Steam cleans and disinfects, not just the coils, but the entire AHU. This adds value by improving the system’s performance which cuts energy costs.
Our hygienic duct cleaning service goes inside the ductwork to knock out dust and debris which is then removed with an industrial-strength vacuum system with a HEPA filter.
Because IAQ matters, we provide complete building disinfection using our EPA-certified room disinfection service. It gets to places left untouched by topical cleaning.
In conclusion, if IAQ matters to you, and it should, contact Pure Air Control Services today at 1-800-422-7873 or email us here. We provide data-driven reporting and engineered solutions that are backed by science.