Before the COVID-19 pandemic, facility managers, school administrators, and general contractors who attended learning institutions and worked in offices, warehouses and manufacturing plants weren’t necessarily thinking about air quality as much as they needed to keep a productive work or education space for their people.
The Budd Group has resident subject matter experts who have taken the initiative to educate and encourage those who manage commercial, industrial, and education spaces to increase air quality awareness and stay on top of checking the air quality index within the building daily with our BreatheWell Air Purification Program. We use state-of-the-art air monitoring and purification equipment.
Monitoring and purifying the air in the interior of space means you must identify the air particle sources in the occupants breathing zone. Each person, depending on height and other factors, has a three to seven-foot “breathing zone”. This is the space around them where it is most essential to mitigate Carbon emissions (CO2) the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and particulates (PM pathogens) from the air so that the immediate air is at its cleanest. If unmanaged, these air pollutants can attach themselves to other air particulates, and stayed suspended for extended periods. The polluted and unhealthy particles are breathed in, resulting in increased risk exposure and unhealthy people in your facility or education space.
In order to have the best indoor air quality, a customer must monitor the air in real time and purify according to data intel. The Budd Group BreatheWell Program provides indoor air quality equipment and best practices that monitors and removes harmful and obnoxious airborne substances and odors, including perfumes, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), tobacco smoke, and more. We first start by using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) purifiers that can capture approximately 99.7% of particles 0.3 microns and larger in size, making for a much healthier internal environment.
How Do I Monitor Air Quality with the BreatheWell Air Quality Program?
To ensure that you have optimal air quality at all times, you need a holistic, comprehensive approach. Requiring 24⁄7, real-time air quality monitoring in place, proper ventilation and purification systems.
Consistent monitoring is essential because air quality isn’t static. It changes with temperatures, humidity, number of occupants, changes in ventilation, time of day, etc. The Budd Group starts with monitoring what is in the air inside any given facility or education campus by measuring the number of particulates in the air.
A VOC is made to be suspended longer in the air. Bad particulate matter that leads to immediate or chronic health issues attach to VOC particles and stay suspended in the breathing zone longer.
Appropriate placement of indoor air purification systems remove these to reduce risks of the exposure in the breathing zone
By doing so, your staff or students will breathe better, cleaner air, and have a more productive learning and work space experience.
Why Is The Budd Group the Best Air Quality Partner?
Referred to as the “Custodians of Occupant Health” The Budd Group considers air quality a part of a comprehensive disinfection and cleaning maintenance plan for any building. Even before COVID, we have had the experience and resident experts on staff who specialize in the operations and maintenance of clean air, keeping up with the air readings, and implementing state-of-the-art purification equipment and methods to offer data-driven results to our clients. From there, we implement best practices depending on the space, number of occupants, climate, etc.
Often, other janitorial, disinfection, and/or maintenance companies don’t have these accredited experts on staff. However, to understand where you are in your air quality purification journey, you need an indoor environmental quality expert hand to implement best practices to maintain a healthier interior for all while offering you cost-effective solutions. Thus resulting in healthy occupants in the work space and businesses ability to stay in operation in the event of a pandemic outbreak.
How Does The Budd Group Determine the Ideal Way To Measure My Air Quality?
Because we have more in-house resources than most commercial cleaning companies, our technicians conduct a customer site assessment to determine the proper air quality solutions. Upon implementation this includes deploying high-quality air monitoring, filtration, and purification systems for all types of facilities at a more cost-effective rate than hiring multiple vendors to come to the same conclusion.
As an indoor air quality consultant, our experts have the knowledge to use several methods from different manufacturers to achieve the ultimate goal of improving the breathing zone.
Indoor air quality monitoring devices that detect and analyze key air quality metrics that may affect the health and wellness of your employees, customers, and guests.
High-Efficiency Particulate Absorbing Filtration (HEPA). HEPA is considered the most effective means for removing harmful materials from the air. These filters trap approximately 99.97% (or more) of airborne particles 0.3 microns in size or larger.
Activated carbon filters to trap gases, chemical emissions, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), odious odors, and more.
Negative Ion Air Filtration to trap allergens, dust, and other hazards.
We also practice green cleaning and are GREENGUARD certified for no negative impact to the occupant. GREENGUARD certification methods means we are warranted and capable of focusing on the off-gassing of materials. This allows us to implement more air purification programs in new constructions, spaces with high amounts of gasses or chemicals, or where there are developing lungs, such as school systems that hold children who could be more affected by such hazards.
What Do I Need to Know as a Facility Manager?
The first question is what is in your air? When facility managers address air quality, they typically assume it’s an HVAC issue first. However, fixing, upgrading, or switching your HVAC system is simply a band-aid on a bigger issue. An HVAC system regulates temperature and comfort but doesn’t purify the air within the breathing zone effectively. Each breathing zone won’t be improved with a new HVAC. Of course, you need proper ventilation and filtration, but even with clean ducts and coils in an HVAC, it still doesn’t take care of the root cause, which is the poor air quality.
Replacing an entire HVAC system can cost some facilities millions. Before spending this much money, try keeping track of your air quality. This saves you money in countless ways, the most important being maintaining your large systems, like your HVAC, and more importantly, protecting the health of your people by keeping an eye on the air quality before replacing expensive assets.
How Will a Partnership with The Budd Group Affect My Clients?
By implementing a BreatheWell Air Quality Program with The Budd Group, you will experience a positive impact on your staff, students, clients, and everyone who enters your facility.
We ensure the air you breathe is managed and all breathing zones among each individual are optimized for healthier living.
Our practices are effective in the interior of all schools, facilities, retail spaces, and more. By implementing this program, you will lower your labor costs with fewer employee sick days, and fewer chronic illness issues that result in poor productivity, better morale, and a happier staff or student body.
Contact us today to get started on a better facility for all!