As the Covid Delta Variant becomes more prevalent in our communities, we are reminded that this pandemic is not yet over. With new variants comes increased demand for research on how viral pathogens spread indoors and solutions that can be used to mitigate transmission. Coronavirus has prompted businesses across the globe to re-evaluate their environments with a focus on improving indoor air quality as a safeguard against the spread of contagions.
Currently, it is up to each business to decide how much or how little protection they want to provide but businesspeople are starting to recognize the value of improving indoor air to create better working conditions and add value to their property. We have recently seen increasing pressure to act on preventing airborne spread of pathogens. Petitions have been submitted to the current administration regarding updates to workplace standards for high-risk settings like meatpacking plants and prisons. There is hope that this new focus on indoor air quality can help end the current pandemic and in preventing the next one.
Recently, the Air Force One team partnered with The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) to add a new, scientific, and technologically advanced UV-C photohydroionization (PHI) air sterilization system to their building. UV-C PHI uses ultraviolet light within COSI’s existing mechanical systems to kill and eliminate germs, viruses, and bacteria. In true COSI fashion, the science behind the technology is pretty neat: within the HVAC system, UV-C light reacts with a catalyst and moisture from the air to produce safe, ionized hydro-peroxide that will be released into the air. That hydro-peroxide is safe for humans, but not for germs and viruses. Even better, the technology is scalable for virtually any facility and budget.
This technology can be installed in a wide variety of residential, commercial, and industrial applications where a ducted HVAC system exists. Air Force One offers a variety of funding options including no up-front costs and/or deferred payments. Some examples of facilities that could benefit from this technology are:
COSI contracted an independent environmental and engineering consulting firm, Lawhon & Associates, Inc., to perform indoor air quality (IAQ) testing in multiple areas throughout the facility both before and after the PHI installation. In summary, the findings suggest the installation of photohydroionization (PHI) systems have improved airborne concentrations of carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, total volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate, and culturable mold. The data also demonstrates the IAQ parameters evaluated were within environmental and occupational safety guidelines or thermal comfort standards before and after HVAC improvements. In layman’s terms, this means the technology is in fact working to improve indoor air quality at COSI!
Respiratory viruses and pollutants are not the only reason to improve indoor air quality. Research shows that poorly circulated air in buildings impairs our ability to think clearly and creatively. As humans, we spend more than 90% of our lives indoors which has implications for personal well-being and a business’ bottom line. Improving ventilation, filtration, and air quality can help improve a building’s overall health. In addition to Photohydroionization, COSI has implemented a number of additional safeguards to ensure their guests feel confident and comfortable in visiting.
As a result of their efforts, Air Force One was honored to present COSI with the “Air Safety Service Medal” prior to their grand re-opening on June 3rd, 2021. The COSI team was the first of more than 35 clients throughout the State of Ohio who will be receiving a similar medal. This award was created by Air Force One to recognize those clients who have chosen to ensure that building occupants can breathe fresh air at all times. By partnering with Air Force One to install photohydroionization technology they have made a commitment to keeping people safe by providing the highest indoor air quality. Congratulations to all recipients!
Air Force One is dedicated to helping our clients find the best solution for their building’s overall health and performance. As your partner, we can help maximize indoor air quality and keep building occupants safe well into the future. We understand the constraints facilities like yours are facing and the importance of implementing workplace health and safety measures that are backed by science, NOW. To further discuss the air quality in your facility, visit us at www.airforceone.com/contact-us/ or call (614) 889-0121.
ABOUT AIR FORCE ONE
Air Force One is a Dublin-based commercial HVAC & facilities services provider specializing in preventive maintenance, energy conservation and total facility automation. With six offices throughout the State of Ohio, Air Force One is conveniently located to provide the support and services their clients need. From holistic, design-build projects to mechanical systems installations to proactive maintenance plans, Air Force One partners with clients to get and keep buildings performing at optimal levels.
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