Indoor Air Treatment
Nearly 87% of Americans are not aware that air pollution is worse inside than outside. Because individuals spend about 90% of their time indoors, the risk for people may be greater from indoor pollution rather than outdoor contamination. Numerous studies have confirmed the importance of good Indoor Air Quality as it relates to employee and occupant health and productivity.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is adversely affected by significant air pollution from both indoor and outdoor sources. Polluted indoor air in the workplace can cause a condition known as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). A study on the financial impact of Sick Building Syndrome led by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates that SBS costs the US economy over $145 billion dollars per year!
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sick Building Syndrome is caused by the following sources:
- Chemical contaminants from indoor sources including adhesives, carpeting, upholstery, manufactured wood products, copy machines, pesticides, and cleaning agents may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Chemical contaminants from outdoor sources including pollutants from motor vehicles or industrial emissions
- Biological contaminants including bacteria, molds, pollen, and viruses
HVAC systems can introduce chemical and biological contaminants from the outside air into indoor environments. These contaminants can actually foul the HVAC equipment cooling coil and drain pan, from where contamination can spread through the ventilation system in increased concentrations, exposing the occupants. Chemical and biological contamination can not only make exposed occupants sick, but they also decrease the efficiency of the HVAC system costing building owners and operators thousands of dollars per year in unnecessary energy costs.
BioZone Scientific’s customized Indoor Air Quality solutions eliminate the problems by eliminating contaminants from the HVAC system. The result is that people stay healthier and the HVAC system is more energy-efficient, saving thousands of dollars in energy costs.
A 48 week study of 771 workers in buildings protected by UV light noted:
- 20% drop in symptoms associated with Sick Building Syndrome
- 40% drop in allergy symptoms amongst allergy sufferers
Aside from preventing SBS and reducing biofilm on cooling coils, BioZone Scientific’s solutions also provide tools for healthcare facilities to reduce the risk of nosocomial, or Hospital-Acquired Illness (HAI). Combined with technologies such as advanced filtration, UVGI is effective against drug-resistant pathogens including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XTB), as well as threats from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), avian influenza (H5N1) and swine flu (H1N1). Nosocomial agents cause over 100,000 deaths per year of which 10%-30% are estimated to be related to airborne transmission.
BioZone Scientific systems offer safe chemical reduction methods for many toxic and hazardous compounds, including ammonia, methane, hydrogen sulfide, toluene, and other industrial emissions. These systems require little maintenance compared to activated carbon or other filtration solutions, or odor scrubbers. BioZone Scientific air treatment solutions do not require frequent media filter replacements or chemical container refilling and do not produce additional hazardous waste which requires disposal.
BioZone Scientific provides environmentally friendly and cost-effective air treatment solutions for treating industrial air in water treatment plants, waste water transfer and pump stations, manufacturing facilities, and more.
BioZone Scientific Air Treatment systems are customized without complexity. Our systems are engineered to emit maximum UV intensity for diverse operating conditions including over a range of temperatures, humidity, air velocity, and flammable or explosive environments.
Advantages of BioZone Scientific custom Industrial Air Treatment applications:
- No hazardous chemical handling or storage
- No filters or media to change and dispose of
- PlasmaConnect® networked system of sensors and controls automatically controls BioZone devices in response to changing conditions
Additional Indoor Air Quality and Air Treatment Resources:
- Click Here to download the US EPA’s Indoor Air Factsheet regarding Sick Building Syndrome.
- Click Here to access the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory peer review journal article on the financial impact of Sick Building Syndrome.
- Click Here to register for a free copy of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning. The Guide was developed in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects, The U.S. Green Building Council, the Builders and Owners Management Association International, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors of North America, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Click Here to download the Center for Disease Control’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee summary on UV technologies recommended for infection prevention.
- Click Here to download the Center for Disease Control’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee full article on UV technologies recommended for infection prevention.