How to Cure Sick Building Syndrome

A recent article on Philly.com highlighted a potential problem for Philadelphia-area buildings: mold infestation. The article, which referred to the closure of several New Jersey schools, included a Q & A with two experts, including Dr. John Bosso, the director of the otorhinolaryngology allergy clinic at Penn, who noted that mold infestation can affect anyone:

“High levels of mold can cause what we call ‘sick building syndrome’ in those not allergic to mold,” he said. “These people would experience headaches or nausea.”

The thought ofmold infestation can seem scary. Unfortunately, sick building syndrome can refer to a constellation of possible contaminants, including both outdoor and indoor sources.

With or without a “diagnosis” of sick building syndrome, we know these pollution sources, as varied as motor exhaust to copy machines, can enter a building’s HVAC system and contribute to poor Indoor Air Quality. And as the EPA notes: “Pollutants in our indoor environment can increase the risk of illness.”

Illness, of course, leads to sick days, which can hurt the bottom line: “OSHA estimates that poor indoor air costs employers $15 billion annually due to worker inefficiency and sick leave” (Source).

After listing these grim details, however, G&G Indoor Air Services offers hope: Commercial HVAC cleaning, which improves Indoor Air Quality by removing pollutants from a building’s duct work. To learn more about commercial HVAC cleaning, call our Philadelphia-are offices today:
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