- On March 4, 2021
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses across the nation have had to close to slow the virus’s spread. Businesses in Phoenix, Arizona, are no exception. Now that many guidelines and restrictions are in place, some companies are starting to reopen so they can stay afloat. the Valley already has strict guidelines in place for businesses that want to reopen, but if you want to be confident you are doing your best to keep your employees and customers safe, you can take advantage of the indoor air quality services offered by Howard Air.
Why Air Quality Is So Important
As dirt, dust, pollen, and other impurities settle in the air ducts of your company building, they can easily get dispersed in the air. This often irritates your employees’ or customers’ allergies, and it could lead to more extensive health problems if the issue isn’t resolved. With COVID-19 spreading rapidly, staying healthy is more important than ever. Even with the mask requirement in place for all of the Valley, a single employee or customer unaware that they are carrying COVID-19 could accidentally infect everyone in the building since the virus is airborne.
Keeping the air inside your business building clean and pure is a great way to reduce the virus’s potential spread and improve people’s overall health. The expert technicians at Howard Air are experienced with recognizing poor indoor air quality and using various techniques to improve it. By letting our healthy building services work in your building when you reopen your business, you can be confident that you are reopening as safely as possible.
How We Check Air Quality
Because many pollutants are invisible to the naked eye, you probably don’t know about the status of your indoor air quality. At Howard Air, we promise to inspect air quality quickly and efficiently by performing the following steps.
- Visual inspection: We walk through your building to see how we can improve airflow and determine if there are any visible pollutants present.
- Take a sample: Using state-of-the-art equipment, we’ll take a sample of the air to count the number of present respirable particles.
- Study the amount of volatile organic compounds: We scan the sample for traces of VOCs.
- Analyze the amount of formaldehyde that is present: Formaldehyde is a common pollutant that comes from furnishings and materials. We’ll determine if this pollutant is present in your air and, if so, how much.
- Check for carbon monoxide: It doesn’t take much carbon monoxide to negatively impact health, so we check to see if any is present in your air sample.
- Scan for carbon dioxide: Carbon dioxide doesn’t usually impact health, but it does help us detect the presence of other pollutants.
- Study temperature: Certain pollutants thrive at different temperatures, so we’ll check to make sure the temperature inside the building is the same throughout the space with no hot or cold pockets.
- Check relative humidity: The air inside the building shouldn’t be humid, and if it is, we’ll figure out how to add more ventilation to improve air quality.
- Use infrared thermal imaging: We’ll use a top-of-the-line infrared camera to detect any remaining pollutants.
- Develop a plan of action: Once we have a good understanding of the status of your indoor air quality, we will use our findings to develop a customized plan of action to improve the quality of the air inside your business.
How We Work to Improve Your Business’s Air Quality
Our mission for improving the air quality inside our place of business is to reduce the likelihood of transmitting COVID-19 through your ventilation system. While cleaning air ducts is helpful, they also aim to improve ventilation inside the building. You can expect our expert technicians to use the following strategies to improve air quality.
- Bypass existing energy recovery ventilation systems.
- Change air filters to enhance the performance of the filtration system.
- Maintain indoor humidity and temperature to be inhospitable to the virus.
- Use ultraviolet germicidal irradiation to remove viral particles from the air.
- Add outdoor ventilation to improve airflow.
- Extend the time that HVAC systems run to keep air circulating throughout the building.
- Use portable high-efficiency particulate air filters to stop viral particles,
- Disable demand-controlled ventilation.
- Open outdoor air dampers.
These strategies improve the airflow inside your business building and eliminate viral particles from the air. Don’t only does this keep COVID-19 from spreading through the sir of your building, but it also reduces the presence of other airborne pollutants. Purifying the air is one of the best ways to stop the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus that causes COVID-19, so if you want to keep your employees and customers safe and healthy, let Howard Air test the air quality of your building before reopening. If we find traces of any pollutants, we’ll start the mitigation process quickly so you can feel safe reopening the building. Even if you have high-quality air inside the building, we will work with you to examine how our mitigation strategies can help you defend your business from the threat of COVID-19 and implement strategies to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
What We Can Do for Your Business
When you first start thinking about reopening your business, air quality may be the last thing on your mind. You’re probably working on how to social distance your employees and implementing COVID leave policies if one of your workers catches the virus. You may also be thinking about how to improve the sanitation of the building. All of these are great ways to slow the spread of COVID-19, but because the virus is airborne, you also need to think about purifying the air inside your company building.
Ensure Your Business’s Air Quality is Up to Par with Howard Air
By keeping your indoor air clean and purified, the Howard Air technicians give you peace of mind about reopening. Pure air reduces the chance of the virus surviving and spreading inside your business building, so you can be confident the space is safe for your employees to work in. Customers will also feel more comfortable visiting your building to discuss or buy the products and services they need, which will improve your bottom line. Improved air quality benefits your business in many ways as you navigate the stage of reopening during a pandemic.
For nearly half a century, Howard Air has been providing superior heating and cooling services to both residents and businesses in Phoenix, Arizona, and the surrounding area. Air quality has always been one of our top priorities, and because of the pandemic, we have begun taking additional steps with our healthy building division to improve the indoor air quality of businesses all over the Valley. If you want to go above and beyond the Arizona state requirements for reopening your business so you can feel confident you are being responsible about your customers’ and employees’ health, you need Howard Air. Contact us today to ask about our healthy building services.