How often do you think about the air you breathe?
It is possible that more Americans than ever before are considering the impact of air quality as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As social distancing and wearing masks becomes a part of everyday life, there is an increase in public awareness about the health risks of contaminated air.
Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentration of some pollutants is 2 to 5 times higher than outside, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This means it is critically important to monitor and maintain healthy air quality indoors.
Some of the biggest factors that affect indoor air quality include
- Outdoor climate
- Building construction
- Weather conditions
- Occupant behavior
- Indoor and outdoor pollutants and allergens
- Airborne disease
- Air exchange
Proper ventilation and air exchange through a building’s HVAC system is one of the best ways to maintain healthy indoor air quality. HVAC systems must be engineered and monitored carefully to ensure that every room has a steady flow of air to keep it comfortable and is circulating enough fresh air to prevent the spread of airborne disease and pollutants. The air exchange rate of a building can also be affected by a number of factors other than the HVAC system, including the design of the building and natural ventilation through windows, doors, and cracks in the building.
It is important for every home and public facility to track and monitor indoor air quality conditions to prevent airborne disease and illness.
Life Balance Technologies helps hospitals and other companies easily analyze air quality conditions and effectively manage their HVAC systems. By streamlining the process for compliance, auditing, and reporting, we help reduce costs and save lives.