Improving Indoor Air Quality – Key to Healthy Buildings

Building owners are constantly working on improving indoor air quality in their buildings, with the global pandemic making it even more important. While executives are searching for ways to improve indoor air quality, concerns about cost, the inherent complexities of implementing a plan, and gaps in data can slow the process. In discussions with building owners concerned about improving indoor air quality, four common points emerge. Below the experts with Action Services Group break down the top concerns surrounding improving indoor air quality and offer cutting-edge IAQ solutions for a healthy building.

#1 Indoor Air Quality is Difficult to Measure and Manage

Healthy buildings need to have a robust HVAC systems that is capable of filtering common pollutants like dirt, pollen, and dust out of the air, along with pathogens like COVID-19. Unfortunately, many CEOs and building owners are learning their HVAC systems are not able to meet these environmental challenges. IAQ solutions can include updating or even replacing the complex HVAC system, and this requires collaboration between the building owner, facility director, and engineering teams. While this can be done successfully, the cost associated with upgrading your HVAC system can be astronomical. Another option instead of costly HVAC upgrades, is to invest in an air purification system that does not tie into your HVAC system. This type of option, while still needing C-suite buy-in, and the cooperation of your facility personnel, does not typically need a team of engineers and is not as cost-prohibitive.

As the national distributor and installer for the Halo air purification system, we take every effort to educate our clients on indoor air quality. Have you read our article, Recognizing Air Pollution’s Link to the Global Burden of Disease? While the coronavirus has brought improving indoor air quality into the spotlight, this process can help in many other ways.

#2 Know Your Optimal Air Quality Level

It’s impossible to improve indoor air quality if you don’t know the baseline level. Every building will have a different baseline level that depends on the pollutants that pose the greatest health risk. IAQ solutions include using metrics to determine the baseline in your building. Measuring air-exchange rates, temperature, the concentration of carbon dioxide, and indoor humidity levels let you know how healthy the air is in your building. By identifying which pollutants are present in a higher concentration, you have a starting point on where improvements need to start. Creating teams to manage the different airborne risks streamlines the process and helps ensure a potential problem with indoor air quality isn’t overlooked.

#3 Identify the Problem Before Implementing Solutions

COVID-19 has changed the way building owners look at indoor air quality. It’s no longer enough to filter out dust, carbon dioxide, and pollen. Airborne pathogens are a threat to otherwise healthy buildings. It’s easy to presume that new technology is the only effective option, but it’s not always the case. Spending money on UV lighting is a possible solution. The lamps can help control the virus’s spread when the disinfecting lights are properly installed to account for the people and objects in the room. It’s a costly change that might not be necessary if your employees are spread out across large facilities.

You should also be aware of the inherent risks involved in UV-C disinfecting lighting. With the proper precautions, it can be an effective tool in your disinfection battel. If you are considering UV-C disinfection lighting, we highly suggest reading, Installation and Product Guidelines for Ultraviolet Lighting Safety.

HEPA and MERV 13 filters remove more pollutants, including pathogens than previous models. It is more cost-effective than replacing the building’s light fixtures with UV-C or even Bipolar ionization. Before a business starts any air quality improvement project, a risk analysis study should be conducted.

#4 Develop a Strategy for IAQ Solutions that Include Priorities, Timeline, and Budget

Performing a risk analysis before improving air quality is crucial. It allows building managers to know where problems are, and which ones are a high or low priority. It’s almost impossible to resolve every issue at once. A timeline ensures everyone involved is on the same page and helps keep the project moving towards completion at a steady pace. Businesses also want to have a set project budget. It is just good business sense. Whether a company is performing the upgrades in-house or has hired professional services, a budget is as vital as a timeline.

For those that want and need to implement an IAQ solution but require additional funding, consider an organization that offers financing. Action Services Group has partnered with a financing company that allows us to provide IAQ solutions to qualified buyers. For more information on financing your Halo air purification system, call 610-558-9773 or email[email protected]. You can alsoschedule a callby clicking the button below. Website Button - Schedule A Call

A Future of Healthy Buildings

Buildings are starting to reopen, and employees are returning to work. As this happens, there will be an increase in awareness about indoor air quality and healthy buildings. These early months of reopening are the ideal time to look at your indoor air quality and find where it needs improving.  For more information on improving your building indoor air quality without costly HVAC upgrades, call 610-558-9773 or email [email protected].

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“We are thrilled with our new air purification system and our whole organization can rest easier knowing our buildings indoor air quality is 99.995% filtered of all pollutants. The installation crew was quick, professional, and they cleaned up after themselves. Thank you, Action Services group!”  Director of Human Resources – Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center