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“Indoor Air Quality” Is it just a buzzword?

Posted on March 8, 2019 “Indoor Air Quality” Is it just a buzzword?

Nowadays there is a lot of buzz around this term, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). But “is it just a buzz?”

What is Indoor Air Quality ? and Why should we care about IAQ?

Indoor Air Quality refers to the quality of air within and around buildings. We spend almost 80-85% of our time inside a building; may it be home, office, school or hospital. So isn’t it important to pay heed to the quality of air you are breathing in 85% of the time. The World Health Organization reported that almost 3% of the global burden of diseases is due to bad Indoor Air Quality. No wonder that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the “indoor environment is two to five times more toxic than our outdoor environment”. This compels us to think why Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is more than a buzzword.

For instance, if a person on the same floor gets infected with an infectious disease, he exhales contaminated air and the same air will be recirculated by HVAC system. This is more than enough for a healthy person to get infected with air-borne diseases such as flu, measles, chicken pox, and tuberculosis. Crowded places with poor air circulation can increase the risk of spread of such diseases. For example, the bacteria responsible for a disease like Legionnaire’s, which is a serious and sometimes lethal infection, and a flu-like illness, have circulated in some large buildings.

How to determine the quality of air?

 Particles, chemicals, and biological pollutants that present in the air determines quality of air.  Chemical pollutant means chemical substances present in the air. Biological pollutant means bacteria, virus and other hazardous microorganisms that are present in the air. Filtration can remove particle pollutants, but what about microorganisms?

Technology used to improve Indoor Air Quality

Therefore technique like Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI System) is a good solution for biological pollutants.
UltraCOIL - UV Coil Cleaning System for Indoor Air Quality

Ultraviolet light is electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of 254 nanometer which is capable of breaking molecular bonds within microorganismal DNA. UV technology  is superior to traditional purification in many ways. However, proper validation is a prerequisite for success of UV technology in air disinfection.

IAQ can make a significant difference to your health. It can protect you from cross contamination and sick building syndrome. So, it’s not just a buzzword, it makes a real difference.

Feb 2017 :

Alfaa UV won ASHRAE Acrex Award of Excellence 2017 in category “Indoor Air Quality” for its Coil Cleaning System UltraCOIL

Feb 2016 :

Alfaa UV won ASHRAE Acrex Award of Excellence 2016 for “Indoor Air Quality ”  for its in duct purification system UltraCOIL.

To read : Why working professional should care about IAQ

 

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