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The Benefits of Optimizing Indoor Air Quality in the Workplace

 

Provide a healthful indoor environment while reducing energy costs

In general, the better people physically feel, the happier and more motivated they will be. Walking into a workplace that smells old and musty or one that triggers allergies is not going to create the most positive attitude among employees. However, the implementation of a strategic Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) plan utilizing a combination of air filtration, ultraviolet (UV) light and photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) can greatly improve employee outlook and sense of well being, without breaking the bank. In fact the return on investment can be amazingly short.

 

Air Filtration

Many allergy triggers – like dust, mold and pollen – can be dramatically reduced when using quality air filters. Integrated into HVAC, air filters capture dust, pollen and large mold spores that enter the air handler, preventing them from returning to the workspace. This can reduce the severity of allergy symptoms employees may experience.

Quality filtration also lowers HVAC maintenance and energy costs. As air travels through ductwork, it can deposit the dust, mold and pollen particles, which creates buildup and requires professional cleaning. Filters dramatically reduce the potential build up of dirt and debris, which results in fewer maintenance visits. Filters save energy simply because a clean HVAC system runs more efficiently.

 

Ultraviolet Light Treatment

When employees come to work sick they introduce germs into the office airflow. Some germs will be distributed office-wide via the HVAC system, contributing to the spread of office illness. The application of ultraviolet (UV) light in the air handler can help reduce this distribution. When passed through UV light a microbe’s DNA is disrupted, rendering it harmless. UV disinfects the circulating air, reducing airborne illness-causing bacteria and viruses.

HVAC systems are also prone to mold growth on interior surfaces due to the naturally wet surfaces inside the equipment. If the system is generating allergens, then the IAQ problem is exacerbated. The installation of UV lights in the air handler not only prevents mold growth and therefore allergen generation, it keeps unwanted biogrowth from clogging the cooling coil. UV keeps contamination under control, but also can virtually eliminate expensive, environmentally un-friendly coil cleanings.

 

Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO) and Odor Reduction

Office air can be polluted with other undesirable substances. Among the most common are volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are gases that are released by certain solids or liquids at room temperature. The odors resulting from this process can be irritating and some are detrimental to your health. New carpeting, fresh paint, or even the smell of hot copier toner and everyday solvents can cause respiratory distress for some people. There are hundreds of VOC odors that can potential exist in an office environment.

Photocatalytic oxidation is a relatively new air purification process that specifically addresses VOCs and serves as an airstream disinfectant as well. The system includes a titanium dioxide coated grid energized by UV light. It creates a very effective oxidation process that breaks down VOC molecules into CO2 and water vapor. It is even powerful enough to break down cigarette smoke.

 

Everybody Benefits

It is easy to see how creating an indoor air quality strategy could be a win-win situation for both a business and the people who work there.  It goes without saying that happy, well taken care of and respected employees tend to do a better job. So think about your office. Would you benefit from better IAQ?

 

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Building a Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality System

Over the past few weeks, we have discussed the importance of scheduled replacements of UV lamps and air filters to keep indoor air quality optimized. But did you know that combining ultraviolet light disinfection and air filtration creates a comprehensive IAQ system that adds up to more than the sum of its parts? By working together, these units can eliminate a much wider range of indoor air contaminants then they ever could separately. Let’s take a deeper look:

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How often should your UV lamps be changed and why?

The frequency of changing a UV lamp for effective indoor air quality improvement depends on how you are using the system. Typically, a UV lamp being used primarily to disinfect the air circulating through a home or small office should be replaced every 9000 hours or approximately every 12 months. For people with respiratory conditions or other acute sensitivities, we strongly recommend keeping to an annual lamp replacement schedule for the best control of airborne microorganisms and allergens. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways Indoor Air Quality Can Save You Energy and Money

1. By implementing indoor air quality products to help eliminate airborne contaminates, you could save thousands on doctor bills. Indoor air can be contaminated with all kinds of allergens, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and germs that can make you sick. This air then gets recycled though an HVAC system, spreading the infected air throughout a home. Using IAQ products helps lower the chances of illness and even asthma attacks because they clean air as it flows through a device, helping remove the harmful materials and making the air safer to breathe.

2. UV-C light allows your HVAC system to run at top efficiency by keeping the cooling coils free of mold and other bio-growth. The disinfecting power of UV-C light breaks down the DNA of microbes that, when allowed to accumulate, can bog down your HVAC system and make it work harder to process the air in your home. You will use less energy by running a clean HVAC system.

3. UV-C light helps prevent costly repairs and chemical cleanings that cooling coils would otherwise have to regularly undergo, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars.

4. Air filters collect dust, and other particle contaminates before they can reach the cooling coils, dramatically reducing the amount of energy needed to run the heating and cooling process in your HVAC system.

5. The amount of energy consumed by the indoor air quality products in a home will likely be significantly less than the amount of energy used in an HVAC system without them. Therefore, IAQ products can easily pay for themselves with the energy savings you would accrue, making IAQ a smart investment.

Is Mold Secretly Growing in YOUR Home?

Don't let this happen to your home.

We all agree that having central air conditioning and heating can be a blessing, but it can also carry a bit of a curse. The fact is, your HVAC system could be breeding mold in YOUR home right now! As air circulates through a home, airborne mold, bacteria and viruses are drawn into the HVAC system and accumulate on the cooling coils and in the drain pan. These areas are ideal environments for mold to grow due to the moisture that condenses on surfaces as the air is dehumidified. As air flows through the HVAC system, it not only “drops off” additional spores, it “picks up” millions of mold spores from the infected coil and drain pan and distributes them to every room in the house. Aside from the fact that mold growing anywhere in your home needs to be addressed, having it centrally distributed by your HVAC system raises major concerns about the health of everyone in the household. Read the rest of this entry »

Ultravation to showcase their indoor air quality treatment products at the 2012 AHR EXPO – January 23-25, 2012

Ultravation® UVPhotoMAX™ shown with EZ-Light™ enhancement

Ultravation® will be exhibiting at the AHR EXPO on January 23-25, 2012. The 64th International Air-conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition will be held at McCormick Place North & South in Chicago, Illinois and is where 52,000+ contractors, engineers, distributors, facility managers, OEMs, and other professionals from all over the world will convene to learn about new products and resources for the HVAC&R professional and how they can use them to improve their business and sales. The AHR EXPO will provide access to more than 1,800 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest HVACR systems, equipment, products and services.

Visit Ultravation’s exhibit (booth 6391) which will showcase their extensive product line of Indoor Air Quality systems including the UVPhotoMAX™ air purifier. It uses TWO-bands of UV light in its ReFresh™ photocatalytic advanced oxidation (PCO) system to destroy airborne bacteria, viruses and allergens while neutralizing hundreds of common household VOC odors. Read the rest of this entry »

Ultravation Enhances IAQ for Children at The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development in Ohio

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development chose the Ultravation Photronic – our multistage total air purification system to disinfect and deodorize the air for their classrooms’ Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) improvement. Here is what the owner, Jim Nerpouni had to say about the Photronic system… Read the rest of this entry »