A recent rise in Legionnaires’ disease, including a high-profile incident at Disneyland, has attracted increased scrutiny to the indoor air quality (IAQ) of commercial buildings.
Legionnaires’ is caused by infected water droplets in the air, which can originate in “plumbing systems where conditions are favorable to growth, ”including“ hot water tanks and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems.” (Source).
As HuffPost reports, the “disease is rising at an alarming rate,” yet Legionnaires’ is only one of many pollutants commonly found in commercial buildings. And since, as the EPA reports, “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors,” with a majority of that time at work, building managers and business owners are facing pressure to maintain healthy IAQ.
As the EPA notes: “Buildings should not make people sick, cause them discomfort, or otherwise inhibit their ability to perform.”
If you’re a building manager or business owner, you should be concerned about the health, comfort, and productivity of your building’s occupants.You may evenknow a few “best practices” for maintaining healthy IAQ, including managing moisture and moldand assuring adequate ventilation throughout the building.
G&G Indoor Air Services of Philadelphia has extensive experience cleaning commercial HVAC systems. For Legionnaires’ disease, specifically, we recommend periodic HVAC cleaning with special attention to the air conditioning unit’s components, including the evaporator and condenser coils.
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