How to Prevent SHS
Regardless of whether an indoor environment is the product of new construction or renovation, providing good indoor air quality starts during the design and construction phases and continues throughout a building’s/home’s life and it’s never to late to start managing Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
The EPA recommends three primary strategies for good IAQ:
- Ventilation. A well-designed and properly designed HVAC system brings in and conditions outdoor air and circulates the air through the home/building. The primary benefits beyond warming, cooling and managing the humidity of the air are to dilute indoor air pollutants to minimize their impact on the indoor environment and building occupants. The HVAC system also transports indoor air contaminants outside. The downside is the HVAC system may bring in outdoor air pollutants as well as pick up indoor air pollutants, such as mold spores, allergens, dust and VOCs form one area of the building and transport them to another.
Furthermore, the Filtropur Whole Home Automated Air Filtration system provides valuable protection for HVAC systems in several vital ways: increases its efficiency, thus reducing the wear and tear on the system’s parts. This, in turn, reduces the need for maintenance, reducing maintenance costs and extends the life of the system.
- Air Cleaning. The goal of air cleaning is to remove indoor pollutants by trapping them inside a mechanical device. Effective air cleaning protects HVAC systems and components, protects furnishings and décor of occupied spaces, reduces housekeeping and building maintenance, reduces furnace and heating equipment fire hazards and, most importantly, protects building occupants. In addition to trapping particulates, it is necessary to remove, and hopefully destroy, micro-organisms such as mold, fungus, bacteria and viruses. Finally, efficient air cleaning involves the removal of gases, VOCs, vapors and odors that could very well be prevalent in the home.
The Filtropur Sanitizing Filtration System consists of a sealed filtration system to capture particles at 99.99% that are .3 microns in size, while killing practically all harmful micro−organisms, without the use of harmful ozone. It also utilizes activated carbon to rid the air of odors, chemicals and VOCs.
- Source Control. While source control is the only completely effective way to remove pollutants from indoor environments, experts agree that total eradication of indoor contaminants often is not feasible or practical. More realistic approaches are to use materials, furnishings, finishes and cleaning products/processes that emit low levels of VOCs and to adopt surface cleaning practices such as regular hypo-allergenic cleaning and maintenance to remove larger particles and kill bacteria and viruses on floors, furniture, walls, doorknobs, bedding and linens and bathroom fixtures. In addition, keeping HVAC systems in good working order and air ducts and drip pans clean is important for minimizing dust and particle accumulation and indoor mold growth within the system.
The Filtropur™ Commercial Hypo-Allergenic Cleaning System is an excellent method to control the source of pollutants as it features an exclusive patented Quad Cone-Conic filtration stages that is not only the most efficient cleaning process available, but unlike most other traditional vacuum systems, returns only allergen-clean air back into the home.