For years, the term IAQ, short for Indoor Air Quality, was rarely ever mentioned in day-to-day conversations. Concerns about air quality generally revolved around the health risks presented by mold spores, dust mites or bacteria, which can exacerbate existing health problems such as asthma and allergies. Today, all the talk about indoor air quality is now focused on the presence of a novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Air Quality Solutions that were once considered a luxury, are now an absolute necessity for business owners and facility managers throughout the world. The virus has infected at least 43 million people and the rate of human attrition shows no signs of letting up.
While much is still unknown about the virus, we have learned that certain conditions allow the virus to spread more easily. There is a wide body of evidence now suggesting that airborne transmission is largely to blame. Indoor, poorly ventilated spaces put people at greatest risk. What can be done? Both the CDC and ASHRAE are recommending that filtration and ventilation strategies should be a part of every organization’s infection control strategy. How do these strategies create a safer environment?
Improving ventilation means introducing more air from the outside, thereby diluting any contaminants present inside the space. This strategy is cost-effective only when outdoor temperatures are mild. Otherwise, opening doors and windows will cause your utility costs to spike due to overburdening the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
The second strategy is High Efficiency Air Filtration (i.e. “HEPA”). Stand-alone air purification devices use HEPA to clear contaminants out of the air. These portable devices are effective all year-round and work in concert with existing HVAC systems to ensure building occupants are not only protected, but remain cool (or warm) and comfortable.
Not long ago, medical-grade air purifiers were only found in hospitals. But now you will find them in nursing homes, offices and schools. Superior IAQ is needed to combat the spread of COVID-19 across all industries. As people continue to spend much of their time indoors, the risk of transmission is of utmost concern. Pollutants or contaminants are transported through ACs or ventilation systems and can adversely impact your health.
Besides spreading infectious agents, poor IAQ also causes respiratory, cardiovascular, and severe allergy issues. Hence for the safety and comfort of all, consider pairing your centralized AC system with portable medical-grade air protection systems to keep your indoor air absolutely clean.
Sources Which May Pollute the Indoor Environment
Pollutants and contaminants come from a number of sources which can be biotic we well as synthetic; they can be introduced indoors as well as outdoors. Some biotic sources include pets, molds, bacteria, water, poor air exchange, and so on. Some synthetic sources include cleaning supplies, furnishings, asbestos, pesticides, and so on. If you have senior members or kids at home, clean air is imperative to protect their fragile immune systems. The same is applicable in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and offices among other indoor public places. Fortunately, there are several ways to sanitize polluted air and keep your indoor area safe and clean.
Know the Types of Air Protection Systems
A study by the U.S Environment Protection Agency suggests that clean air in homes, offices, and other public areas would help prevent health hazards such as allergies, fatigue, disease, eye irritation, and asthma. The same study reports that asthma is one of the largest causes of hospital and physician visits in the US.
Typical HVAC systems in many offices and homes offer a conducive environment for pathogens to grow and multiply. This may happen due to the presence of moisture and any biological substrates such as skin flakes these germs may find to grow on. At times, these germs may also grow on AC coils, resulting in anything but clean air. Specially designed air protection systems can help. While it is essential to get your ACs cleaned by a technician on a periodic basis, here are some types of systems which can help meet today’s indoor air quality standards.
• UV Sanitizing Systems: UV rays penetrate the DNA or RNA of contaminants and ruptures them, thus making them ineffective. This is why these systems find applications in cleaning and sterilization of air, water, medical equipment, machines, and so on.
• Portable ACs: Although basically a cooling application, these units have many features of Air Protection Systems. Also, portability, which allows them to be easily rolled up when not in use. These are especially useful in hot indoor manufacturing environments such as metal casting plants and foundries. They help create clean air and ambient temperatures essential for workers’ health and comfort.
• Air Protection Systems (APS): According to the EPA, maintaining indoor air quality is important to avoid the spread of the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus through air. Air Rover’s APS2000 3-in-1 Air Protection System is solely designed with the purpose of slowing down the spread of all types of viruses through air. These systems offer continuous sanitized air and are compliant with CDC AIIR guidelines requiring 12 air exchanges in an hour. These improve air quality in huge indoor areas of up to 10,000 cu feet based on the air exchange requirement using the following proven technologies:
o UV-C spectrum lighting for deactivating pathogens
o HEPA filters for capturing more than 99.9% of particulate matter
o Carbon filters for removing gases and volatile compounds from the air
These air protection systems are ideal for large public indoor spaces such as gyms, restaurants, and health centers. APS is key to helping businesses re-open their doors safely to the public by minimizing the airborne spread of the virus.
Whether you are looking for medical-grade air protection systems or cooling & heating solutions, ensure you source equipment from a reliable and certified manufacturer. As experienced providers of environmental control units and air conditioning systems for critical environments, Air Rover’s engineers understand the importance of designing and building systems that assure superior air quality. Start a conversation with the team today to guarantee high quality environmental control units and air conditioning systems.