Atlanta Air Experts has extensive experience in providing complete air conveyance system cleaning at small and large facilities including office buildings, hospitals, schools,churches, government institutions, prisons, manufacturing and industrial sites, and other public and private facilities.
OSHA estimates that about 30% of all commercial buildings suffer from below-standard indoor air quality. The term "sick building syndrome" (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, butz no specific illness or cause can be identified. The complaints may be localized in a particular room or zone, or may be widespread throughout the building. In contrast, the term "building related illness" (BRI) is used when symptoms of diagnosable illness are identified and can be attributed directly to airborne building contaminants.
A 1984 World Health Organization Committee report suggested that up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be the subject of excessive complaints related to indoor air quality (IAQ). Often this condition is temporary, but some buildings have long-term problems. Frequently, problems result when a building is operated or maintained in a manner that is inconsistent with its original design or prescribed operating procedures. Sometimes indoor air problems are a result of poor building design or occupant activities.
Indicators of SBS include
- Building occupants complain of symptoms associated with acute discomfort, e.g., headache; eye, nose, or throat irritation; dry cough; dry or itchy skin; dizziness and nausea; difficulty in concentrating; fatigue; and sensitivity to odors.
- The cause of the symptoms is not known.
- Most of the complainants report relief soon after leaving the building.
Indicators of BRI include:
- Building occupants complain of symptoms such as cough; chest tightness; fever, chills; and muscle aches
- The symptoms can be clinically defined and have clearly identifiable causes.
- Complainants may require prolonged recovery times after leaving the building.
The HVAC system of a building's structure has become a widely recognized Indoor Air Quality concern. The benefits of cleaning these systems of potential microbiological contaminants include creating a healthy and safe environment for the occupants, and for helping to prevent costly litigation. The most cost effective benefits of air conveyance system cleaning involve improving the HVAC system efficiency, increasing energy savings, prolonging the life of mechanical systems equipment, and reducing fire hazards.
Air conveyance system cleaning includes the source removal of all visible debris and particulate, in compliance with NADCA standards, from all components of an HVAC ventilation system. Techniques include a variety of processes and equipment utilizing compressed air, agitation tools, brushes, air whips, robotics, and high powered vacuums all designed to remove and capture contaminants and particulate. Air conveyance systems may become contaminated with a multitude of particulate accumulation. Atlanta Air Experts is equipped and experienced to remediate HVAC systems contaminated with mold and bacteria, soot, lead, deteriorated insulation, rust, and water.