Do You Know About the Air Quality in Your Building?

Schedule commercial air quality systems in Conshohocken, PA and the surrounding Montgomery County, PA areas.

When you're running a warehouse, factory or major commercial space, you want to make sure your indoor air quality (IAQ) is what it should be. That's why you can turn to AET Global Group for commercial or industrial air quality systems in the Conshohocken, PA area.

Our team will check for airborne toxins and irritants that you can't see to make sure your air quality is safe. We'll also make sure your HVAC system is operating efficiently and not costing you a lot of money on energy bills.

Call 866-610-1469 right now to set up a consultation right now to set up industrial or commercial air quality needs assessment.

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What makes our services more thorough than the competition in the Delaware Valley?

In addition to the standard IAQ services you’d receive, AET Global Group offers services specific to commercial and industrial properties. Our commercial and industrial air quality evluation reports offer:

  • An analysis of air distribution throughout the property
  • A cost estimator and control suggestions for energy consumption
  • A check on all the mechanical and solar components


Make sure you know what’s going on inside your building—set up industrial or commercial air quality systems in Conshohocken, PA right now.

6-Point (IAQ) Indoor Air Quality Tactical Packaged Solution Consideration

Indoor air quality affects everyone you encounter. Inclusive of every other living organism. Biological agents, virial, bacterial microorganisms, commercial cooking. Post combustion derivative compound off gassing. Fire, open flames, gases, chemicals, are present everywhere both in and outdoor. Ambient exposure levels vary based on levels of density, potency, propagation, and saturation. All living organism shed cells, plants, trees, flowers generate organic pollen compounds.

Our clothing generates fibers and collect particulate. Many other activities such as concrete (crystalline silica) and asphalt cutting, generate what is known air borne aggregate particulate, mixed with tar and other petrol chemicals. Windblown dry soil, sands, fertilizers, molds, oxides, chemicals, feces, dried urine, tissue and coliform, decaying residual organic waste.

Primarily untreated and unknown hazardous laboratory medical biological research laminar flow exhaust hoods common practice of directly venting into air. Human waste off gassing from sanitary systems, or combination sewer / storm inlet system. (Poor or disabled restroom ventilation systems, can create serious health risks, to all building occupants, as well as their friends, and families.)

https://www.cebm.net/evidence-synthesis1
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/2/19-0697_article

Interactions of Pathogenic Organisms

(Several frank bacterial pathogens have been shown to associate with, and in some cases, actually grow in biofilms, including Legionella pneumophila, S. aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter spp, E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella typhimurium, Vibrio cholerae, and Helicobacter pylori. Although all these organisms have the ability to attach to surfaces and existing biofilms, most if not all appear incapable, of extensive growth in the biofilm.

This may be because of their fastidious growth requirements or because of their inability to compete with indigenous organisms. The mechanism of interaction and growth apparently varies with the pathogen, and at least for L. pneumophila, appears to require the presence of free-living protozoa to grow in the biofilm. Survival and growth of pathogenic organisms within biofilms might also be enhanced by the association and metabolic interactions with indigenous organisms.

Camper et al. showed that Salmonella typhimurium persisted in a model distribution system containing undefined heterotrophic bacteria from an unfiltered reverse osmosis water system for >50 days, which suggests that the normal biofilm flora of this water system provided niche conditions capable of supporting the growth of this organism.

Biofilms increasingly is one in which there is both heterogeneity and a constant flux, as this biological community adapts to changing environmental conditions and the composition of the communit.)

What we see as ubiquitous dust particles, never comprehending the sheer volume, complexity, and composition of what it actually consists of. Typically, residual organic / non-organic derivatives residual "particulate". Gravity, humidity, temperature, and saturation fallout (action cause and derivative effect) as to what you actually visualize, on a surface, but in a considerably greater magnitude.
Bio-Pharma, Positive Pressure 797-Sterility Suites, Negative Pressure Isolation Suites, Test Laboratories, Med-Surgical-Dental Short Procedure Unit Suites, Certain Food, Chemical, Data, Aerospace and Electronics manufacturing industries, (manufacturing process FDA QSR 21 CFR 820 / ISO-13485, ISO-11608 applicable regulatory compliance standards). We design-build mission critical "ISO 1~7 Classifications" "Clean Rooms", most take term in a literal sense, of being exceptionally clean spaces. That would be partially correct, with several major, exceedingly difficult and expensive compliance requirements.

Controlled secured access, extremely well sealed with washable, non-impervious surfaces, deck to deck, monolithic floor, sanitary corners and very well lite. Critical control the level of air borne micron size particulate (dust) with 6~12" thick HEPA supply air filtration media. Return and O/A outside air filter media 4~6" thick MERV 13~16 with activated carbon impregnated. Positive air interlocks and tactile mat to controlling the level of fresh pathogens, rodents, and insects, from being introduced into containment. Pre-clean room access for sterile gowning (PPE) donning and soiled ditching area.

Maintaining positive or negative pressure and provide cleaned fresh air changes, assure the level of purity, of air-water-gasses. Maintain temperature on average at, 60~65F/15~18C degrees and relative humidity on average at, 30~40 percent /4.19Td. 24-hours, 7-days a week, 365-days a year, regardless of the weather, power conditions, occupants, or processes.

It is not as much the "dust particles", it's what the residuals particulate derivative "dust particles" consists of. What has combined with that micron size particle, has attached itself to it. Compromising (contaminating) the efficacy, pureness, and reliability of the derivative process. If this data holds no validity, then why not consider major surgery, in a parking space, of a busy gas station-convenience store, next to a hazardous material land fill, off a busy interstate highway.
Same holds true, for the air you breath, water you drink, and food you consume. For the most part, "dust" is just that, quite innocuous. The problems start when people, animals, fish, sea food, fowl, chemicals, then introduce a significant volume pathogen into the equation, multiplied that factor by population density, combining with other bacteria and viruses, it becomes a serous global consideration to contend with.

Thusly infecting humans, rodents, animals of husbandry, and domestic pets spreads itself by transmitting primarily air borne (aerosol), via pulmonary system, eye mucus membrane (conjunctiva), secondarily via ingestion from (pathetically transmission) touching a virus / bacteria contaminated surface. Then touch what you or someone else consumes, or your eyes, mouth, or nose. Not thinking twice about washing your hands, or wearing the proper face mask, use of hand sanitizer or appropriate (PPE) today, could be personally, quite costly.

From a contained and concentrated building / facilities environment standpoint, (other than farming) contagion - transmission renders down to, either air borne, direct contact, or surface transmission. That being the current know methods of currently transmitting any virus or harmful bacteria. Other than infected water supply, or individual(s) in dietary / processing / restaurants, directly infecting via ingested food or drink. We have to start thinking past the current, extremely reactive, disruptive public health issue and consider a comprehensive proactive solution approach.

First Things First

Clean-up you act, thoroughly. Here is something quite unsettling to ponder, the next time someone orders you to quarantine. Historically, for the last 4-four decades of personal firsthand experience regarding large multi-family, commercial, industrial buildings and mechanical systems. Opening up roof top units-(RTU), station / air handler units-(AHU), make up air handlers (MUAH), cooling towers and associated piping / heating ventilation air conditioning-(HVAC) systems and associated ancillary equipment. The greater majority range from never to rarely been sanitized, or meticulously cleaned. Surprisingly, a significant number, were discovered without any air filters, but considerable amount of unknown gray in color particulate and algae like slime in the drain pan. (Note the similar conditions exist in residential systems.)

Turning those vital indoor conditioning systems, and the space they condition, into nothing short of being inside of a large Petri culture dish. Keep in mind, everything, and everyone, contributes every day, in many ways. Leaving a little bit of themselves and where every they been exposed to behind. Have your systems maintenance completed properly. As if your heath, and that of your family, friends, clients, and your very livelihood, depended on it, because it actually may! (Feeling lucky, roll the dice.)

Have you every posed question to your service company, and the service tech. Have an in-depth conversation regarding the industrial hygiene of your HVAC equipment. Ask yourself, who is paying whom, and what am I actually getting in return? Are they actually truly concerned for my safety? Are they familiar with any of these methods and technologies? If the outside air is actually working? Most currently do not function, some have never functioned, or has it even existed? If they have no answer, fail to understand your concerns, or the importance, find another service company or letter to the landlord facilities manager, asking for a response in writing.

The type of air filters, the last time all of the coils and the drain pan, was thoroughly cleaned. When was the last time they flushed out and treated them with a biocide, 3, 6, 9, 12- months, never? When was the last time the cooling tower and loop water was checked for iron algae, legionellosis, cryptosporidium or other pathogens?

Think about this scenario, from a risk management loss perspective. How much longer before some very smart, personal injury / tort law firm, creates another extremely lucrative revenue stream. Think those release waiver indemnification and hold harmless document will protect you, think again. Where there is any possible lack of due diligence negligence curve, there is a legal angle.

Definition of insanity; Repeating the same action, over and over, changing nothing, year after year, and like magic, expecting a different outcome?

Ozone Generators Oxidize via an electro-chemical conversion process

Ozone Generators Oxidize via an electro-chemical conversion process

The available air in a particular area. ozone shock treatment is a powerful method of odor elimination, without the use of chemicals or masking deodorizers. Just place the ozone machine in the space, set the dial and then, Area Must Be Vacated Inclusive of Pets, During This Treatment Process. Returning the space to an odor free environment. Provided the primary cause has been removed. How it Works Outdoors, nature eliminates odors and microorganisms using both UV light and O3. Indoors, most places that generate odors receive truly little UV light or O3. This process can, and should be repeated, in high traffic or exposure areas, during limited unoccupied times. These systems are fairly inexpensive to purchase, install, maintain and operate. Recommend any of these solutions be installed in conjunction, with other system solutions mentioned, to provide continuous, daily protection.

UVC Germicidal technologies

A safe, highly proven highly effective, inactivating microorganism by destroying nucleus acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving unable to perform cellular functions, excellent surface, secondly air sanitizing, no side effects. There are several highly effective methods in deploying this decades proven safe, and effective technology. Currently available in 252-254 to 280n, in both florescent cathode and LED technologies.

  • Applied in a direct Surface Sanitizer application.
  • HVAC equipment, Air handlers, Rooftop inside of equipment.
  • Potable water supply.
  • Cooling tower piping.
  • Wastewater systems, cascaded sterilizer.
  • Constant, indirect occupied space configuration.

Applied in a medical office, laboratories, biopharma, supermarkets, food processing, restaurants, bars, rest rooms, trash room, sewage pumps, etc.,
Installed in an umbrella configuration. Installed and operating at the ceiling level, above the occupied space, at a constant, low intensity, but extremely effective, uniform deployment configuration.

  • Upper-Room UV-C Air Purification
  • UV-C fixtures that irradiate the air above (based on install elevation)
  • constantly disinfect the upper air volume.
  • Most effective when air is mixed by fans and HVAC ventilation,
  • but air also constantly mixes by normal convective currents.
  • In-duct UV-C indirect air purification is somewhat less effective than direct upper-room, as it does less to prevent in-room person-to-person transmission.
  • Upper-room UV-C is proven to be safe and effective, when designed and installed properly.

Providing continuous protection. These systems are more robust to purchase, install, but simple to maintain and inexpensive to operate. Recommended being installed in conjunction with other system solutions mentioned, to maximize the efficacy of your solution.

Common application mistake, inadequate arrays, poor location, inadequate dosing (potency levels), and exposure duration (dwell time) = Efficacy. (effectiveness) The most common reason for application failure, contractor failed to correctly size (incorrectly priced) and or maintain.

BIS Needle Point Bipolar Ionization System
(GPS Commercial Industrial Systems)

A safe, proven method, non-ozone producing technology, excellent at sanitizing and combining air borne particulate, making it easier to collect, in a correctly designed and configured HVAC unit air filtration media system. When you combine the two, amazingly effective technologies. Your particular system may not require additional or be able to lower percentage of required (O/A)-outside air. This technology provides an added significant plus, you are introducing positive ions into your (IAQ) environment.

This particular technology has many variations. We do not recommend any other configuration, other than a NON-OZONE PRODUCING GPS System, that is designed to uniformly mount, across the dry side of the evaporator coil. Correctly sized, by the manufacturer to match the CFM, actual coil size, duty cycle, capacity of the equipment and occupancy.

These systems are more expensive to purchase, install, inexpensive to maintain and operate. Recommended being installed in conjunction with other system solutions mentioned, to maximize the efficacy of your solution.

Common application mistake, inadequate arrays, poor location, inadequate dosing (potency levels), and exposure duration (dwell time) = Efficacy.(effectiveness) The most common reason for application failure, contractor failed to correctly size (incorrectly priced) and or maintain.

Air Filter Media
(repetitively filtering out suspended air borne particulate as possible)

Regardless of particular air filter manufacture selected, on commercial applications recommend, Pleated HVAC unit return air filter media of no less than 2" deep preferably, 4". Minimum of a MERV-13 with impregnated activated carbon. On high risk exposure applications, preferably MERV-15 or better. You shall notice the filter media shall load up significantly faster than previously. Typically requiring changing out media, (filters) 30-45 days on average.

Before removing the filter media, turn off the air handler and ALL air / unit treatment systems. Use extreme caution. Don your PPE protecting your entire face, ware disposable gloves when handling and disposing, immediately bag the spent media (filters) and gloves and disposable masks. Rinse reusable face shield.
Combining all or some of the above proven technologies, provides an extremely effective, common occupancy IAQ tool.

These systems are fairly inexpensive to purchase, install, maintain, and operate. When compared to the cost of the HVAC systems, alternatives of adverse public safety perception and general risk exposure liability.

Recommended being installed in conjunction with other system solutions mentioned.

Validation Process
(is it working and functioning properly)

Have a qualified, accredited, third-party, certified industrial hygienist, pull the air quality and surface swab samples, manage the (3)-three-hour limit chain of custody transfer of evidence process, to an accreted, independent third-party testing laboratory. Creating an existing conditions operational base line (benchmark) established, prior to deployment.

Have the same third-party industrial hygienist pull air quality sample and surface swab samples and repeat the same laboratory testing process, establishing post deployment operational testing performed to validate level of efficacy.

Careful risk consideration should be given, in larger multi-unit or if an application requires constant exposure monitoring, validation compliance and rigorous QC justification. Installation of constant monitoring (IAQ)-indoor air quality validation instrumentation should be considered. Device efficacy / output monitoring, typically these systems and devices, are interfaced into a facilities BMS, DDC Honeywell Tridum and or other management systems. Typically, these systems are testing quarterly, managed, and calibrated yearly.

Summation

This information hopefully has provided proven options, and with existing technologies, that are effective against a virtual plethora, of bacteria and viruses. That are realistic, economically feasible, efficient, environmentally clean solutions. Or you can just hide in a bunker too, and hope that it all just goes away, by doing the same thing. How is that working out so far?

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