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How to Maintain a Healthy School Environment and Save Energy

A recent article in the ASHRAE Journal entitled Study Verifies Coil Cleaning Saves Energy revealed a $40,000 a year savings from just one air handling system as a result of the restoration of the air handler/coil system at the 1500 Broadway a 34 story skyscraper building in Times Square, New York City home to ABC Studios and Good Morning America.

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Charlotte, FL -- Building Remediation Sciences, a division of Pure Air Control Services, a leading provider of indoor air quality HVAC remediation and mold removal services in the US, provides commercial and residential GREEN AHU Restoration Program aimed at increasing the energy efficiency and improving indoor air quality for its customers. As part of the restoration process our insulation products are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® for low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  These products have met the Children and Schools classification, which is the most stringent classification GREENGUARD offers. The closed-cell structure of our insulation has 0 porosity (does not absorb moisture), reduces dust/dirt accumulation keeping mold and bacteria away, creating a safe indoor environment for your employees and building occupants.

 

Part of the GREEN AHU Restoration Pure Air Control Services uses a proprietary extreme steaming (at 300 degrees) with proprietary gauges and hot water flushing system called PURE-Steam coil cleaning processMost chemical companies today, large and small, are anxious to become greener. They select greener starting materials and use cleaner chemical processes to make environmentally preferred products though there is no authoritative marketplace criteria to identify green, greener, or greenest.  The greenest and cleanest cleaning solution available today for cleaning of air conditioning coils is PURE-Steam, a no chemical cleaning process that creates significant energy savings, improves the environment and promotes healthy indoor air quality.

According to the US Department of Energy (DOE) the HVAC system accounts for 40 to 60 percent of the energy used in U.S. commercial and residential buildings. This represents an opportunity for energy savings using proven technologies and design concepts”.

A recent article in the ASHRAE Journal entitled Study Verifies Coil Cleaning Saves Energy revealed a $40,000 a year savings from just one air handling system as a result of the restoration of the air handler/coil system at the 1500 Broadway a 34 story skyscraper building in Times Square, New York City home to ABC Studios and Good Morning America.  In addition, the study indicated that they were able to decrease coil pressure drop 14% resulting in a corresponding increase in air flow and increasing the thermal efficiency of the cooling coil 25% while improving IAQ conditions.

As a result of this, many environmental consultants, engineers and architects have requested that the newly installed ductwork be cleaned to ensure good indoor air quality (IAQ) in the building once the HVAC system is turned on in order to achieve US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification program. 

Doug Randall, Remediation Manager for Building Remediation Sciences states that “many of our valued clients are requesting that we assist them in professionally cleaning the HVAC system and provide a QA/QC program to achieve their LEED certification.  They are getting points toward their LEED Gold label by this effort and it’s a great way to achieve a high energy status, an energy savings as much as 15% and improve IAQ helping create a significant economic stimulus.”

Construction projects often create a lot of dust and debris, which can be pulled into the HVAC system, where it will contaminate the inside surfaces of the duct. It is a good idea to clean new ductwork prior to occupancy in new construction facilities and to inspect the air ducts before you start remodeling, reconstruction or installing a new air handling system.  Chances are that the air duct systems have not been cleaned since they were built or if they were they most likely were not done professionally.

 

Industry performance standards developed by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association require that all interior surfaces of an air duct system be thoroughly cleaned, from the point air enters the system downstream to where it exits at the supply registers, including the air handler, evaporator coil to the return air registers.

 
During the cleaning process the HVAC system must be placed under HEPA fitted negative air pressure, to control dust.  Power brushes and compressed air are utilized to loosen debris being pulled downstream to the high powered 5000 cfm vacuum where it is removed from the system.  In Florida, a contractor must have an air conditioning and refrigeration contractor licensed to clean air duct systems to association standards or to obtain certification as an association air system cleaning specialist.

Charlotte County School District has implemented a "Green Cleaning" program to not only save energy but also to improve indoor air quality and mitigate long-term health risks and allergies associated with indoor air pollutants.  This program introduces a chemical free coil cleaning process called PURE-Steam Coil Cleaning a safe and effective cleaning process used to save energy and create a healthy learning environment for students, school staff and visitors.

As a part of this initiative, the Charlotte County School District has contracted with Pure Air Control Services a national leading indoor environmental contractor with over 25 years of building IAQ experience.  Because the PURE-Steam Coil Cleaning program is totally GREEN (NO CHEMICALS) students, school staff and visitors don’t have to worry about potential dangerous chemicals or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) entering into the air or water system.

Don Terry, Manager of HVAC Maintenance noted that “not only are we saving energy, but we are creating a healthy learning environment for our students and faculty.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long been a proponent of improving indoor air quality in the nation’s schools stating on their web site that Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can cause illness requiring absence from school, and can cause acute health symptoms that decrease performance while at school. In addition, recent data suggest that poor IAQ can reduce a person’s ability to perform specific mental tasks requiring concentration, calculation, or memory.”  Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a critically important aspect of creating and maintaining healthy school facilities.

Additionally, Mr. Terry stated that “your staff, crew and support team are great to work with.  I would highly recommend your Pure-Steam Coil cleaning process to any facility/HVAC manager interested in saving energy, improving indoor air quality and creating a healthy school.”

Contact Alan Wozniak or Cy Garner at 1-800-422-7873 ext 802 or 804 to discuss your next IAQ HVAC cleaning project and find our how much you can save and improve your IAQ creating economic stimulus.

About Pure Air Control Services:

Alan Wozniak founded Pure Air Control Services, Inc. in 1984 as a small mechanical contracting firm. Today, the  firm sets the industry standard for indoor environmental quality diagnosis and remediation.

Pure Air Control Services  is a national provider of the following IAQ services: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check (USP 797 monitoring compliance); Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) an AIHA accredited micro laboratory (USP 797 Lab analysis); DIY IAQ Green Check test kits, Environmental Project Management; HVAC System Cleaning and Mold Remediation Services among other indoor environmental services.

The company’s expanding valued client roster includes the General Services Administration (GSA); Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Allstate Insurance; Carrier Air Conditioning; Naval Air Warfare Center, Orlando; and Naval Air Station - King's Bay, Georgia, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air Control Services the reliable industry leader in IAQ.

For more information on Pure Air Control Services, Inc. please contact Alan Wozniak at (800) 422-7873 x 804, or visit www.pureaircontrols.com.

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