INDOOR AIR MAINTENANCE


Indoor Air maintenance should be an integral part of any building maintenance plan.

As described by the EPA, Indoor air quality is not a simple, easily defined concept like a desk or a leaky faucet. It is a constantly changing interaction of complex factors that affect the types, levels, and importance of pollutants in indoor environments.

These factors include:

sources of pollutants or odors;

design, maintenance and operation of building ventilation systems;

moisture and humidity;

and occupant perceptions and susceptibilities.

In addition, there are many other factors that affect comfort or perception of indoor air quality.

Controlling indoor air quality involves integrating three main strategies;

First, manage the sources of pollutants either by removing them from the building or isolating them from people through physical barriers, air pressure relationships, or by controlling the timing of their use.

Second, dilute pollutants and remove them from the building through ventilation.

Third, use filtration to clean the air of pollutants.