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Say Goodbye to Harmful Pathogens and Hello to Clean Indoor Air Quality!

Updated: Apr 19, 2023


Are you concerned about the air quality in your workspace?


Can poor indoor air quality affect your health?

Yes, poor indoor air quality can have a significant impact on your health, causing a range of short-term and long-term health problems. Here are some ways that poor indoor air quality can affect your health:

Airborne Diseases: Many of the most common diseases that cause people to miss work and school are spread by airborne pathogens. Covid, colds, flu, strep, TB, measles, and many others are carried on tiny, aerosolized droplets that can stay suspended in indoor air for 12 or more hours.

Respiratory problems: Poor indoor air quality can aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma, allergies, and bronchitis. Exposure to airborne pollutants such as mold, dust, and pet dander can cause coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.

Eye, nose, and throat irritation: Exposure to indoor pollutants can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat, leading to symptoms such as sneezing, sore throat, and runny nose.

Headaches: Poor indoor air quality can also cause headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. Exposure to chemicals such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon monoxide can cause these symptoms.

Cardiovascular problems: Some studies suggest that exposure to indoor air pollution can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and stroke.

Cancer: Long-term exposure to indoor air pollutants such as radon and asbestos can increase the risk of developing cancer.


What are some ways to improve indoor air quality?

Improving indoor air quality is essential for maintaining a healthy living and working environment. Some ways to improve indoor air quality:

Disinfection: The airborne pathogens that cause disease come from the people inside your building. To destroy these pathogens, you need a solution that works in real time and at the site of infection: in rooms where people congregate.

Ventilation: Proper ventilation is crucial for maintaining good indoor air quality. Ensure that your home or workplace has adequate ventilation, such as windows and air vents, to allow for fresh air circulation.

Use high quality filters: Use the highest-level filters that your HVAC system can support. MERV 13 is ideal if your system can handle it. Room units with HEPA filters can help remove pollutants such as dust, pollen, and pet dander from indoor air.

Maintain clean air filters: Regularly changing air filters in HVAC systems and room units can help remove dust and other airborne pollutants from the air.

Control humidity: High humidity levels can promote mold and mildew growth, which can worsen indoor air quality. Use dehumidifiers or air conditioners to maintain a comfortable and dry indoor environment.

Eliminate sources of pollution: Identify and remove potential sources of indoor pollution, such as cigarette smoke, cleaning products, and pesticides.

Use natural cleaning products: Many household cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can worsen indoor air quality. Opt for natural cleaning products or make your own using simple household ingredients such as vinegar and baking soda.

Test for radon: Radon is a harmful gas that can seep into homes and buildings from the soil. Test for radon levels and take measures to reduce exposure if necessary.


Are there any regulations or guidelines for indoor air quality in the workplace?

Yes, there are regulations and guidelines for indoor air quality in the workplace set by various government agencies and organizations. Some examples include:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): OSHA has established indoor air quality guidelines for a variety of workplace environments, including manufacturing, construction, and healthcare facilities. OSHA also requires employers to maintain a safe and healthy working environment for employees.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE): ASHRAE sets standards and guidelines for indoor air quality in commercial and institutional buildings. These guidelines cover topics such as ventilation rates, humidity levels, and air filtration.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The EPA provides resources and guidance on indoor air quality in schools, offices, and homes. The agency also provides information on common indoor air pollutants and ways to reduce exposure.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): NIOSH provides research and guidance on occupational health and safety, including indoor air quality in the workplace. The organization provides recommendations for preventing and controlling indoor air quality problems.


How can technology help improve indoor air quality?

Technology can play a significant role in improving indoor air quality by providing innovative solutions for monitoring and controlling air pollutants. Technology can help improve indoor air quality with:

UV-C Light Technology: Upper room UVC solutions disinfect the air by destroying bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. SHIELDED upper room UVGI is best placed in the ceiling to take advantage of normal room air currents. UV-C placed in HVAC vents will not help disinfect indoor air since pathogens are not coming in from outside while portable UVC devices are unable to take advantage of normal air currents in a room reducing their effectiveness.

Quality filters: HEPA filters can help remove pollutants from the air, such as dust, pollen, and pet dander. Some air purifiers are also designed to remove harmful gases and VOCs.

Smart HVAC Systems: will monitor and control indoor air quality by adjusting ventilation rates, temperature, and humidity levels based on real-time air quality data.

Air Quality Monitors: will provide real-time data on indoor air quality, including levels of pollutants such as carbon monoxide, VOCs, and particulate matter. This information can be used to identify sources of pollution and take corrective action to improve air quality.

Internet of Things (IoT) Sensors are used to monitor air quality data in real-time and alert building occupants or building management when pollutant levels exceed safe thresholds.


Can Indoor plants help improve indoor air quality?

Yes! Indoor plants will help improve indoor air quality by absorbing pollutants and producing oxygen. However, it's essential to choose the right plants that are appropriate for indoor environments and require minimal maintenance.


Here are some indoor plants that are appropriate for indoor environments and require minimal maintenance:

Spider Plant: is easy to grow and care for, and they are excellent at removing pollutants such as formaldehyde and xylene from the air.

Peace Lily: is a low maintenance plant that can thrive in low light conditions. They can help remove pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air.

Aloe Vera: a low maintenance plant that can help remove pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air. It also has medicinal properties and can be used to treat minor burns and cuts.

Snake Plant: are known for their ability to remove pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene from the air. They are low maintenance and can thrive in low light conditions.

Bamboo Palm: is a low maintenance plant that can grow up to 12 feet tall. They are excellent at removing pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air.

Golden Pothos: is a low maintenance plant that can grow in low light conditions. It is excellent at removing pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air.


These plants not only improve indoor air quality but also add a touch of greenery and freshness to the indoor environment. They are easy to care for and require minimal maintenance, making them ideal for busy individuals or those with limited gardening experience.


Can indoor air quality affect productivity in the workplace?

Yes, indoor air quality can have a significant impact on productivity in the workplace.


Cutting down on airborne diseases such as Covid, colds, flu, and strep lowers absenteeism rates, and over time will lower health care costs.


Over the long-term, poor indoor air quality can lead to a range of health problems, such as headaches, fatigue, and respiratory problems. When employees are exposed to pollutants in the air, their health and wellbeing can suffer, leading to absenteeism and reduced productivity.


Indoor air pollution can also affect cognitive function, leading to decreased concentration, memory problems, and reduced decision-making ability. This can have a negative impact on job performance and productivity.


Improving indoor air quality in the workplace can have significant benefits for both employees and employers. A healthy work environment can improve employee morale and reduce absenteeism, leading to increased productivity and cost savings for employers. Providing adequate ventilation, controlling sources of pollutants, and implementing air cleaning technologies are all effective strategies for improving indoor air quality in the workplace and promoting employee health and wellbeing.


What are some cost-effective solutions for improving indoor air quality?

Improving indoor air quality does not have to be an expensive undertaking. Here are some cost-effective solutions for improving indoor air quality:

Open windows and doors: When possible, one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve indoor air quality is to open windows and doors to allow for natural ventilation. This can help remove indoor pollutants and bring fresh air into the indoor environment.

Use natural cleaning products: Many conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can contribute to indoor air pollution. Using natural cleaning products made from simple household ingredients such as vinegar and baking soda can help reduce exposure to harmful chemicals.

Regularly change air filters: Regularly changing air filters in HVAC systems can help remove dust and other airborne pollutants from the air. This can improve indoor air quality and reduce energy consumption.

Maintain humidity levels: High humidity levels can promote mold and mildew growth, which can worsen indoor air quality. Use dehumidifiers or air conditioners to maintain a comfortable and dry indoor environment.

Use indoor plants: Indoor plants can help improve indoor air quality by absorbing pollutants and producing oxygen. They are a cost-effective way to improve indoor air quality while adding a touch of greenery to the indoor environment.

Keep the indoor environment clean: Regularly cleaning and vacuuming indoor spaces can help remove dust, pet dander, and other indoor pollutants. This can improve indoor air quality and promote a healthier living or working environment.


What are some innovative approaches to improving indoor air quality?

Innovative approaches to improving indoor air quality include:

Shielded upper room UVGI: The federal regulators (EPA, CDC, NIH, etc.) recommend upper room UVGI (UV-C) for disinfection of indoor air. SHIELDED upper room UVGI is safer and can be used in rooms that don’t have high ceilings.

Smart Ventilation Systems: use sensors to detect changes in indoor air quality and adjust ventilation rates accordingly. These systems can help reduce energy consumption while maintaining healthy indoor air quality.

Biophilic Design incorporates natural elements such as plants, water features, and natural light into indoor spaces. This can help improve indoor air quality by promoting the growth of indoor plants and providing a connection to the outdoors.

Green Building Materials: low-VOC paints and adhesives, can help reduce indoor air pollution by reducing the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted into the air.

Carbon Dioxide Monitoring: will help identify areas with poor ventilation and allow for targeted improvements.

Living Walls also known as green walls, are vertical gardens that can be installed indoors. These walls can help improve indoor air quality by absorbing pollutants and producing oxygen while adding a unique and visually appealing design element to indoor spaces.

Innovative approaches to improving indoor air quality are continuously evolving, and new technologies and strategies are emerging.


What should you avoid?

Covid caused a lot of bad actors to try to take advantage of people’s fears to make money. Indoor air quality was no exception.

Harsh chemicals: Disinfection chemicals were never intended to be sprayed in the air or on porous materials. They are designed to be wiped on non-porous surfaces. They are classified by the EPA along with insecticides and herbicides because they are intended to kill. Improper usage can cause respiratory, neurological, dermatological, and reproductive harm.

Poisonous ozone: Ozone is a naturally occurring gas composed of 3 oxygen atoms, but when concentrations are artificially raised in indoor air it can irritate the lungs, eyes, and skin. High levels can cause suffocation.

Dangerous charged ion technologies: These products go by many names but all claim to use the same charged ion technology to clean the air. Independent research, however, tells us that they are not effective and can create new unhealthy hazards in your indoor air. Avoid devices that use bipolar ionization, catalytic oxidation, electrostatic precipitators, reactive oxygen species, plasma ionization, etc.


How can businesses and individuals promote good indoor air quality in their communities?

Businesses and individuals can promote good indoor air quality in their communities by taking the following steps:

Educate themselves and others: about the importance of good indoor air quality and the risks associated with poor indoor air quality. Share information with your community through social media, local events, and educational workshops.

Use eco-friendly products: non-toxic cleaning supplies and low-VOC paints, to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals released into the air.

Promote natural ventilation: by opening windows and doors to allow fresh air into the indoor environment.

Support green building initiatives: advocate for the use of sustainable building materials and energy-efficient ventilation systems.

Use air-cleaning technologies: HEPA and high-quality MERV filters help remove indoor pollutants and UV-C devices destroy pathogens to improve indoor air quality.

Advocate for policies and regulations: that promote healthy indoor air quality in public spaces, workplaces, and homes.



By taking these steps, businesses and individuals can play an important role in promoting healthy indoor air quality in their communities. Encouraging sustainable practices and promoting education about indoor air quality can lead to healthier and more productive living and working environments.


UV Angel Technology

UV Angel is a game-changer in the world of indoor air quality, providing a powerful and effective solution for creating a safe and healthy environment in any indoor space. UV Angel's cutting-edge system uses ultraviolet light to eliminate harmful pathogens, including viruses and bacteria, in the air and on surfaces.


Don't just take our word for it. According to a recent study by the University of Arizona, UV Angel's technology can reduce the levels of harmful pathogens in the air by up to 99.99%.


Investing in UV Angel's technology not only benefits your employees' health and safety but also shows your commitment to creating a clean and healthy environment. Plus, with their easy-to-install system, you can have peace of mind in no time.


Summary

  • Taking steps to improve indoor air quality can help reduce the risk of these health problems and promote a healthier living and working environment.

  • Improving indoor air quality requires a combination of strategies to reduce pollutants and promote fresh air circulation.

  • Employers and building owners are responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for employees and occupants. By following these guidelines and regulations, they can ensure that the indoor air quality in the workplace is at a safe and healthy level.

  • By leveraging technology, building owners and occupants can take a proactive approach to improving indoor air quality, reducing the risk of respiratory problems, and promoting a healthier living and working environment.

  • Maintaining good indoor air quality in homes and buildings reduces the risk of respiratory problems and creates a healthier living and working environment.

  • Implementing cost-effective solutions can improve indoor air quality without breaking the bank. These strategies are easy to implement and can have significant benefits for both your health and the environment.

  • Staying up-to-date with the latest advancements so you can make informed decisions to improve indoor air quality and promote a healthy living or working environment.

  • Businesses and individuals play an important role in promoting healthy indoor air quality in their communities. Encouraging sustainable practices and promoting education about indoor air quality can lead to healthier and more productive living and working environments.

To learn more about building a healthier living and working environment from our Indoor Air Experts contact Jamie Austin at 631-241-3958 or email jamie@pspturnkeysolutions.com.




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