The importance of maintaining clean air inside your facility cannot be overstated, especially today as COVID-19 variants such as Omicron sweep the nation. Not only can poor air quality contribute to the spread of this and other diseases – it can also exacerbate allergies and chronic respiratory conditions, irritate skin, and trigger headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and more. In this way, failing to prioritize clean air within your walls can become a major liability, putting occupants at risk while also threatening productivity and your reputation. That said, it’s not easy to determine just how polluted or pure your air is without the right tools and expertise. After all, the air around us is invisible, and any adverse effects of poor air quality aren’t always directly noticeable or contributable.
At The Budd Group, we consider air purification to be a primary component of overall building maintenance. Knowing the potential harm that inadequate indoor air quality can cause, our technicians deploy high-quality monitoring, filtration, and purification systems for all types of facilities. In addition to contributing to air disinfection for coronavirus, these efforts help keep businesses compliant with any and all relevant regulations, protect occupant health and safety, and increase energy efficiency. Let’s further explore how we at The Budd Group help our clients achieve cleaner air through hard data, modern technology, and expert services.
It Starts with Thorough Analysis of Indoor Air Quality
As previously mentioned, there’s no real way to determine indoor air quality (IAQ) without the use of certain tools – namely, IAQ monitoring devices. These IAQ monitors detect and analyze a number of key air quality metrics that may affect the health and wellness of your employees, customers, and guests. Of course, different monitors may focus more or less on certain paramteres, and some are superior in terms of accuracy, connectivity, analysis, and so on. At The Budd Group, the ThinkLite Flair Air Safety Monitor is our go-to IAQ monitoring system. This device can precisely detect, measure, and report significant metrics in an open space as large as 5,000 square feet at a time.
Some of these key metrics include the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon emissions, and COVID- and flu-related pathogens (ranging from 0.1 to 2.5 microns in size) in the air, relative humidity, and more. The real-time data collected by this system is then clearly reported and analyzed to help facility managers better understand the air quality of a given space and how to improve it. For greater transparency within your facility, others can access this data via QR codes. Best of all, the ThinkLite Flair IAQ monitor is easily integrated with many building management systems (BMS) for simple, comprehensive control and communication between your HVAC systems. The ThinkLite Flair system is also easy to install and operate.
Monitoring your facility’s IAQ with high-quality devices like these is an important first step toward achieving cleaner air in your facility – that said, more can always be done.
Providing State-of-the-Art Filtration via Airbox
The information provided by your IAQ monitoring system is only useful if your facility is equipped to make meaningful adjustments. In other words, if your current HVAC system is outdated, damaged, or otherwise not up to the task, you’ll struggle to take actionable steps that actually improve your IAQ. This is why at The Budd Group, we go further than the data collection and analysis stage – we also install and maintain state-of-the-art air purification systems like Airbox.
Made in the U.S., Airbox systems can achieve 99.99% effectiveness against COVID pathogens and odors, and they’re the only U.S.-built, commercial-grade solution that uses high velocity HEPA filtration. Airbox systems come in a variety of sizes as well. The MESA model is the smallest and works well for small classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces (up to 500 sq. ft.). PEAK is about twice the size of MESA, ideal for 1,000 sq. ft. spaces. And APEX is the largest of them all, providing efficient air purification in spaces as large as 10,000 sq. ft. Airbox also manufactures the Summit system, which is installed within HVAC returns.
Each Airbox unit deploys a 3-phase filtration system. First, there’s the odor shield, built from an activated carbon filter – this rids the air of VOCs, chemicals, and bad odors. Next is the antimicrobial treated filter, which prevents microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi from growing and spreading through the air. Lastly, a certified HEPA filter removes particulates 0.3 microns and smaller in size, eliminating viruses (including SARS-CoV-2 and influenza strains). Installing Airbox purification systems allows facility managers to maintain clean indoor air with minimal effort. When combined with the data gathered via IAQ monitoring, you can always keep a finger on the pulse of your current air quality and, more importantly, do something about it when necessary.
Keeping Indoor Surfaces Clean
High-quality air purification systems and IAQ monitors make up two powerful pillars for maintaining clean air inside your facility. That said, it’s also crucial to keep your building as clean as possible to mitigate pollutants and reduce the potential strain on your air filtration systems. The Budd Group’s cleaning and janitorial services can help you achieve these goals, too. Ultimately, maintaining clean air will reduce the burden on your cleaning staff, too – with less dirt and dust in the air, there will be less to clean up on a daily basis. Simply put, both cleaning and air purification make the other task simpler and more effective.
The Budd Group continues to follow guidelines and recommendations offered by the CDC, EPA, FDA, and other authoritative organizations to provide our clients with the best protection against all strains of COVID-19. We also offer a number of key COVID-19 supplies to help our clients better manage this ongoing pandemic. To learn more about our services and values, give us a call today at 800-221-8158! And for more detailed information regarding facility cleaning and disinfection from the CDC, click here.