The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted just about everything in our daily lives, from how we work and socialize to the ways we protect ourselves and our neighbors.
Over the course of this global health crisis, we’ve learned just how important maintaining indoor air quality (IAQ) is in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious pathogens transmitted through respiratory droplets. According to a report on Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Systems and COVID-19, several studies have linked the spread of various infectious diseases—not just COVID-19—with poor indoor air quality.
Now, in the wake of the pandemic, business and community leaders around the world are looking for ways to apply what we’ve learned—not only to win the battle against COVID-19, but also to prepare for any potential outbreaks in the future. In addition to being a critical component in reducing illness and maintaining the regular flow of business, there are other significant health and operational benefits to monitoring and improving indoor air quality in public spaces.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are three basic strategies to improve indoor air quality: source control, improved ventilation, and air cleaners. We’ll break them down for you:
1. Source Control: Auditing Your Indoor Air Quality
Improving your indoor air quality starts with auditing contaminants and their sources to establish a baseline: How is your IAQ to begin with? What unique challenges may make your facility more susceptible to indoor air pollution? For example, maybe your facility is close in proximity to a busy city street, or a parking lot where vehicles are prone to idling. Or maybe people are constantly coming in and out of your establishment.
You can assess the quality of your indoor air with industry-leading technologies that allow for efficient, cost-effective monitoring and detection of compromised air quality, such as Airthinx. Using Airthinx’s nine cutting-edge sensors, you can easily detect ultrafine particles and display quality results to give occupants peace of mind. Using an air quality monitor has numerous health benefits for staff, customers, and visitors. By combatting airborne contaminants and maintaining high-quality indoor air, you’re not only preventing the spread of disease but other potential health effects like headaches, dizziness, and even fatigue.
2. Better Ventilation: Moving Outdoor Air In
Another important step in improving the air quality in your facility is upgrading your ventilation. Because infectious diseases are often transmitted through respiratory droplets inside, the focus should be on increasing the movement of outdoor air into indoor spaces. However, some systems—particularly in older buildings—have poor ventilation that can make it difficult to manage and protect your IAQ.
Integrating new components into an older system as an alternative to a full replacement—also known as retrofitting—can improve efficiency and performance, but is typically very costly. A better, more cost-efficient alternative is to invest in best-in-class air filtration technology, such as Healthway's Disinfecting Filtration System (DFS). At Invisible Health Technologies (IHT), we scoured the globe to find the world’s most powerful air filtration solution, and Healthway’s DFS is just that.
3. Clean the Air: Removing Ultrafine Particles
The IAQ improvement process doesn’t end with better ventilation. You need to take it one step further to purify the air you share with your guests, customers, and employees. Fortunately, you can utilize the same filtration technology—Healthway's Disinfecting Filtration System—to cleanse the air in your facility.
Developed in partnership with the U.S. government after more than 30 years of research and development, Healthway’s powerful indoor air filtration technology efficiently eliminates 99.99 percent of airborne mold, dust, pollen, bacteria, and viruses, offering ultimate protection against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
What’s more, Healthway’s DFS technology is independently certified to capture ultrafine particles. With greater efficiency than HEPA. Healthway DFS technology captures 99.99% of all particles down to .007 micron in size. In addition to enjoying a filter that lasts three times longer, you can also reap rewards such as decreased maintenance costs, higher airflow capacity, and low energy consumption.
Improving Indoor Air Quality with Leading Technologies
Indoor air quality should be at the center of your pandemic response and preparedness strategy—and we can help. There is federal funding available to support the installation of air quality monitoring and filtration technologies, and IHT’s expert consultants are here to help you apply for that funding. They are also here to refine your strategy, deploy effective, efficient solutions that aid in the fight against COVID-19, and prepare your organization for whatever comes next.
Curious about next-generation air quality monitor and filtration technology? Contact IHT for a free consultation to learn how you can improve the air quality in your facility.