How to Improve Indoor Air in Your Building
Aside from ensuring that your air vents or grilles are not blocked, you may find yourself wondering how you can improve indoor quality in your building. In addition to considering the placement of furniture and equipment based on your HVAC system’s air circulation, temperature control, and pollutant removal functions, and integrating IAQ concerns into your purchasing decisions, there are a few additional steps you can take to improve the IAQ in your building:
1) Consider upgrading your air filters to polarized media filtration.
Many businesses are currently using MERV 13 or higher air filters because of their ability to trap air particles that range from 1.0 to 3.0 microns in size. However, these filters are not as effective in trapping air particles down to 0.3 microns, which means they are less effective at trapping microbes such as viruses and bacteria. The thickness of MERV 13 filters also means that your HVAC systems must work harder and use more energy.
Our polarized media filters use an electric charge and filter media with antimicrobial technology that capture particles down to 0.3 microns. These filters clump small particles together, making them easier to capture while simultaneously reducing the pressure put on your HVAC system. Unlike regular MERV and HEPA filters, which need to be changed every 30 to 90 days, our polarized media filter replacement pads only need to be changed every 120 to 180 days.
2) Utilize Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI)
UVGI is a disinfection method that uses short wavelengths of ultraviolet light (called UV-C) to kill or inactivate pathogens and microorganisms on surfaces and in the air. It has been used for years in hospitals, healthcare facilities, dental practices, and more. At 254nm, UV-C light is powerful enough to inactivate contaminants such as mold, viruses, bacteria and from the air as it cycles through your central air system. UVGI can be used to continuously clean your HVAC system’s cooling coils and if additional disinfection measures are needed, can be installed throughout your ductwork to clean the air.
3) Continuously monitor and manage your air with ECOSENSE Platforms
Once you have installed upgraded filtration and UVGI in your HVAC system, you can continuously monitor and manage your air to ensure that your lamps and filtration are working properly. Our proprietary sensors collect, monitor, track, and report data through gateways and dashboards built by us, so you can prove your systems are working, restore consumer confidence, and reopen the doors to your business safely.