Indoor air quality is much more important than most people believe. The average American spends 87 percent of their life indoors, according to the EPA. If we’re not outside getting fresh air, then it’s essential to do everything we can to improve the quality of the air inside our homes and offices. Here are seven eco-friendly ways to do that without emptying your wallet in the process.
Go Green — Literally
Going green, in this case, doesn’t refer to using eco-friendly products or separating your recyclables. When it comes to improving air quality, the concept of going green is a little more literal. Adding plants to your home can help improve interior air quality naturally, at the cost of a bit of water a few times a week. According to NASA, some plants are better than others for this task. To find the best plants for cleaning the air in space, the agency compiled a list of common houseplants that can be used to remove everything from benzene and ammonia to formaldehyde from the air around them.
Most of these plants, from snake plants to English ivy, can be picked up at your local nursery for a few dollars each. Plus, research has shown that keeping houseplants can improve your mental health, so it’s a win-win.
Leave Your Shoes Outside
How many of you reading this wear your shoes all the time, even if you’re in the house? If this sounds like you, you’re not alone, but you may also be contributing to the poor air quality within your home. When you wear your shoes indoors, you’re tracking in everything you’ve stepped in during the day, from dust and pollen to dangerous chemicals. These molecules are cast into the air every time you take a step.
Start by leaving your shoes on the porch or just inside your front door. If you need to have something on your feet, keep a pair of slippers or house shoes that you can wear while you’re indoors. This little change can improve the quality of the air in your home without costing you a dime.
Call a Professional
If you’re trying to save money, it might be tempting to try to repair your home’s HVAC system on your own. This kind of DIY is only a good idea if you’re an HVAC professional. Otherwise, you may find yourself in over your head with the system’s high voltage power and dangerous refrigerants. One improperly tightened seal could leak coolant into your home, severely compromising your interior air quality and putting both yourself and your family at risk. Releasing refrigerant into the atmosphere is also dangerous for the environment.
Calling a professional, licensed technician might be expensive, but when it comes to your home’s HVAC system, it is the most eco-friendly option available.
Adding organic fruits and vegetables to your diet isn’t just a great way to avoid ingesting pesticides or other dangerous chemicals — it can also help to protect the air quality of your home. The compounds that preserve traditionally farmed produce can permeate the air around them, especially if you leave some of your fruits or vegetables in bowls or on the counter rather than in the fridge.
Going organic might be a little bit more expensive than buying regular grocery store fruits and vegetables, but in the long run, it’s better for your health and the air quality in your home.
Fix Those Leaky Taps
Areas that don’t get a lot of foot traffic, like your basement or utility room, might have leaky taps that are ignored. Even minor leaks can be detrimental to your interior air quality, though. The damp environment created by those leaks creates the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Both of these organisms release spores into the atmosphere that can cause allergies and exacerbate existing breathing problems like asthma and COPD.
Depending on the severity of the leak, you may be able to do these repairs yourself. For anything you’re not sure about, it’s always a good idea to call a professional. As a bonus, repairing those leaks will reduce your home’s water usage, which is also eco-friendly.
Quit Smoking or Head Outside
Tobacco smoke is one of the most significant contributors to indoor air pollution. While it is illegal to smoke or vape indoors in public places, no such rules exist for private homes. Quitting is the best thing you can do to improve the air quality in your home, but if that isn’t an option, then taking your habit outside can help keep your interior air cleaner.
Secondhand smoke is dangerous to human health, so keeping it out of your home can help improve the health of everyone who lives there.
Limit Products With VOCs
Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) appear in many products you might use every day, from your aerosol hair spray to the cleaning products beneath your sink. To make your home a little bit more eco-friendly while improving interior air quality, limit the number of VOCs in your home. With so many eco-conscious consumers making educated decisions about the products they buy, it’s easier than ever to find green cleaning and beauty products.
Do a quick search for low-VOC products, and you’ll be surprised at how many options are available for you to choose from. They may cost you a few dollars more than the chemical-based alternatives, but when it comes to eco-friendly options that are also wallet-friendly, you can’t do much better than this.
You don’t have to empty your wallet to improve the quality of the air in your home or business. It can be as simple as adding some greenery to each room or swapping out your bleach and ammonia cleaners for green alternatives.
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Pre-conference Workshops will be held on January 13, 2019.
“Cannabis! Fentanyl! Methampetamine! Oh My” Presented by Susan Kimball and Coreen Robbins
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“Novel and Traditional Microbiological Methods for Common Indoor Microbial Investigations” Presented by Wei Tang
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
“Infection Prevention Considerations in Healthcare Design, Construction, and Maintenance” Presented by JJ Jenkins
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
“Indoor Air Quality Monitoring – A New Toolkit for the 21st Century” Presented by Louie Chang
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 ONLY
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 ONLY
Spouse registration can only be purchased with a full three-day registration package. Spouses are not allowed entry into the IAQA Technical Program. This additional fee includes admission to:
AHR Expo (January 14 – 16)
Conference Lunch (January 14)
Welcome Reception (January 13)
Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony (January 14)
CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation requests must be sent in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 14, 2019. Cancellations are subject to a $75 per person service fee that will be deducted from your refund. Refunds are not available after January 14, 2019, under any circumstances, but substitute attendees will be accepted.
What is cooperative purchasing and how does it work?
What is one hurdle every company must jump when selling to a governmental agency? Price. You could have the best bid package and offer the best service or product but there is always concerns on the side of the purchasing agent. That is where cooperative (co-op) purchasing agreements help ease deal. Co-op purchasing helps public agencies to have a little more flexibility in procuring goods and services, and greatly reduces administrative time and expenses. Essentially, it’s a bridge for the member agency to get the best price or value and delivery from a pre-bid vendor. Co-op purchasing vehicles also provide a vetting process of the vendor and compliance to give an extra layer of trust for the procuring agency. Think of it as a pre-bid or piggybacking contract rather than no bid contract. Cooperative purchasing offers the ability to save time, money, and frustration by the sharing of contract resources within the co-op member base.
The benefits of using cooperative purchasing
Cooperative purchasing eliminates the need to write bids over and over. This saves time by removing the request for proposal process, which can normally be a lengthy process. Sometimes 60-90 days! It reduces the paper work and layers of review that can take months to complete. This will have a direct positive effect on cost savings for the procuring agency. A co-op removes the stress of the job being completed in a timely manner while guaranteeing it’s done by a capable and trustworthy approved vendor. This provides greater efficiency for acquiring services. If there is an immediate indoor air quality (IAQ) issue, for example, it can be addressed without the need to go through an arduous bid and review process.
Another benefit is that there is no or little cost to participating members, depending on the specific cooperative agency. A co-op also enables members to use the professional service that is highly specific or proprietary to their needs. Pure Air Control Services offers PURE-Steam coil cleaning, and HVAC New Life Restoration which are state-of-the-art IAQ and energy saving services that are readily available to those agency members in the cooperative purchasing group.
Cooperative Contracts with Pure Air Control Services Inc.
Higher Education and K-12
Pure Air Control Services has teamed up with Educational & Institutional Cooperative Purchasing (E&I) Contract no. CNR01446
Educational & Institutional Cooperative Services (E&I) is a not-for-profit buying cooperative established by members of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP). The cooperative is owned by its membership of more than 1,800 colleges, universities, and K-12 educational institutions throughout the United States.
Panhandle Area Education Consortium (PAEC) and their Florida Buy Program contract no. 18-05
PAEC partners with the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) to leverage the purchasing power of schools in more than half the country ease the procurement of our IAQ testing and remediation services. This agency features contracts that are available to all Florida schools, municipalities, country government, colleges, and universities, and non-profit organizations.
City, County and State Governments
The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS) contract no. 170602 and 170702
The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS) contracts simplify the purchasing process for governmental agencies to procure our IAQ Consultation and remediation services. TIPS has over a decade of experience providing effective and economical purchasing activity for any government entities.
Pure Air Control Services, Inc. can provide IAQ services through our contracts with these agencies to assist city, county, state and federal governments, along with schools and universities with identifying baseline IAQ/Energy conditions and providing specific, definitive remedial recommendations to improve building health and efficiency.
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Health conscious people often cite an old adage about water that says, “If you are not drinking filtered water, then you are the filter.” The same is true of the air that we breathe. If you are not breathing filtered air, then you are the filter. For facility management leaders, ensuring that air is filtered properly is largely dependent on the cleaning and maintenance of HVAC units. However, many use harsh chemicals that do not properly clean the unit, and may harm building occupants.
It’s a catch-22 for many facilities maintenance professionals. Without cleaning the HVAC units, indoor air quality will suffer. Yet, the cleaning products used to clean these units may do more harm than good.
The Hidden Cost of Chemical Cleaners
The problem is that the two-way foaming chemical cleaners that are often used to clean cooling coils within HVAC units can make their way into the aquifer and compromise the building’s water system.
The fact that many of these cleaners come with warning labels about the toxicity of its contents should be reason enough to not use them on such a critical system within a building. However, chemical cleaners can also compromise the integrity of the cooling coils. In some cases, harsh chemicals can erode the aluminum and copper and require facilities to replace parts of, or even their whole, HVAC unit.
What’s more, conventional cleaning products are not always an effective means of cleaning the high efficiency cooling coils found within HVAC units. While systems may appear clean on the surface, these products push dust and debris further into the unit, which can create blockages in the system and initiate mold and bacteria growth.
This can lead to excessive operating costs, comfort control problems, and unhealthy sanitary conditions that are not conducive to good air quality. As a result, building occupants may experience allergy-like symptoms, coughing, wheezing, watery eyes, asthma-type conditions, and other symptoms.
In some cases, poor indoor air quality can even affect an individual’s ability to perform specific mental tasks. The worse the air quality, the more likely that the building’s occupants are affected by these symptoms—and that is a liability to the organization and/or property owner.
A Better Cleaning Process
To safely and effectively clean HVAC units, facilities managers can consider a green steam clean process. One process uses steam heated to 350°F at 350 psi to deep clean cooling coils, which is a much more effective and safer cleaning method than topical chemical treatment.
While some have tried to duplicate this process with pressure washing systems, these typically operate at around 2,000 psi and can bend the fins of the cooling coils and negatively impact airflow. The key to the steam cleaning process is the more moderate pressure that pushes steam through the coils to clean the system without compromising its integrity.
While chemical cleaners may only penetrate a 1/2″ of the coils, the steam clean process can penetrate 8″ to 12″ into the coils, for deep cleansing that removes dust and debris, and kills mold and bacteria instantaneously.
In most cases, spore counts will drop by 99% (and sometimes 100%) in units that are cleaned using this process. The result is increased airflow, improved indoor air quality, and improved comfort for building occupants.
Earn one (1) renewal credit from ACAC with documented attendance for this workshop.
November 9, 2016
7:30am – 11:30am
“Active Shooter Primer” – John Chadwell We will cover some society contributing factors (technology vs human interaction), past and most recent events, where the attackers (threats) are coming from; what mitigation steps can be done, what options exist during an event, how to effectively respond (run, hide, fight). A few other details will be addressed as well.
“‘Sii Preparato’ – Ready Yourself for Your Worst Day” – Derrick Denis Focus on what YOU, THE INDIVIDUAL can do to make a difference in protecting your safety and the safety of those around you on a daily basis. It will challenge common myths misconceptions. It will modify the perspective of the group. I will provide practical and tactical tips and tricks to assess, avoid and confront deadly situations. The content will be sobering and immediately empowering.
“The California $1.1 BILLION Dollar Lead Lawsuit Settlement” – Alan Johanns On January 7, 2014, the Honorable James P. Kleinberg of the Santa Clara Superior Court issued a Statement of Decision finalizing his December 2013 ruling that three lead paint companies created a public nuisance by concealing the dangers of lead, pursued a campaign against regulation of lead and actively promoted lead for use in homes, despite knowing that lead paint was highly toxic. The Court ruled in favor of the People of the State of California. Defendants against whom judgment is entered, jointly and severally, shall pay to the State of California $1,150,000,000 (One Billion One Hundred Fifty Million Dollars). 10 cities and counties will share this fund amount, of which over $600 Million will go to LA County.
Learn how your firm, can participate in the fund disbursements through remediation, consulting, and laboratory services. The funds have to be used by 2019. Join Alan Johanns from the California Health Housing Coalition for this presentation and background information in growing your business