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COVID-19 woke up America and the world to the need for improved indoor air quality.
IAQ Technologies LLC is your “One-Stop-Shop” for proven and cost effective germicidal disinfection of air and surfaces across the commercial and residential landscape. We also provide Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to further help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and future viruses. In short, we focus on creating safe, healthy, and also energy efficient “smart” properties. We have developed a consortium of industry professionals, manufacturers, and installers, so that we can recommend and provide the most appropriate disinfection solutions for a diverse range of facilities in the US and around the world. We also offer $0 upfront cost options and turn-key projects that include rebate administration for the growing number of incentives launched following the Covid-19 outbreak. Beyond buildings, indoor air quality is very important for Controlled Environment Agriculture, and specifically advanced Vertical Farming.
To learn more about indoor air quality in Alaska and other states, Contact Indoor Air Quality team.
Here is an example of Indoor air quality information for Alaska:
In the past, indoor air quality (IAQ) primarily related to indoor air pollutants such as mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), off-gassing from our flooring and furniture, and even the cleaning supplies we use.
COVID-19 and Indoor Air Quality
COVID-19 has created another level of concern for IAQ. It is thought that COVID-19 spreads mainly through person-to-person contact, but there is uncertainty about different routes of transmission.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends “increasing ventilation with outdoor air and air filtration as part of a larger strategy that includes social distancing, wearing cloth face coverings or masks, surface cleaning and disinfecting, handwashing and other precautions.”
Reducing Airborne Transmission of COVID-19
- Direct airflow so that any fans do not blow directly from one person to another
- Increase ventilation by opening windows to allow cross ventilation
- Open the highest and lowest window on each floor
- Use your bathroom fan when the bathroom is in use and continuously if possible
- Use an HRV or ERV ventilation system and be sure that it’s working
According to the EPA, “the most effective ways to improve your indoor air are to reduce or remove sources of pollutants and to ventilate with clean outdoor air.” Consider portable air cleaners and/or upgrading air filters on forced air heating systems, air conditioners, etc.
What is a MERV Number?
Air filters for forced air furnaces are rated by MERV numbers. What’s a MERV number? The higher the MERV number, the smaller the particles it will filter out. MERV ratings for residential furnaces go from one to 20.
- A nine to 13 MERV range is considered efficient
- Filters should be changed at least every six months
For more information, visit EPA’s new Indoor Air and COVID-19 webpage.