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Indoor air quality, or IAQ, should be a priority for HVAC professionals. By taking the time to assess your customer’s residential or commercial environments and offering solutions to improve air quality, you’ll not only help them live healthier lives, you’ll also introduce a new focus for your business. In particular, helping to control Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) is an area of focus that can help eliminate lingering elements that decrease air quality.
How do VOC’s Tie Into Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality refers to the pollutants, temperature, humidity and other factors that affect the health and comfort of the people living, working or spending time in an indoor space. Dust, smoke, pollen, pet hair and germs — like viruses and bacteria — all impact indoor air quality, along with the air temperature and humidity.
VOCs make up one area of air quality that sometimes get overlooked, but fumes from paints, chemicals and detergents also impact indoor air quality. In fact, it makes up about 21% of the pollutants in indoor air.
Assess IAQ and Approach VOCs
While it would be great to have a handheld device that showed exactly what particulates were affecting the air in a home or office setting, the most effective approach is to assess the current system and recommend solutions to improve the air quality. That entails:
Why VOCs Need Special Attention
Most of your customers might not realize that everyday products actually contain VOCs that linger and affect air quality. Some of the common VOCs that lurk in homes and businesses include benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethylene, toluene, xylene, and 1,3-butadiene.
How do these toxic chemicals make their way into homes and work settings? There are a few common ways:
Immediate exposure may mean short-term irritation, such as itchy eyes, a sore throat, nausea and headaches. Long-term exposure may lead to cancers, neurological conditions, and yet unknown physical damage. Anyone with lung conditions such as asthma or COPD, as well as the very young and elderly may be at greater risk from VOCs.
Lowering the Impact of VOCs with UV Lights and Bipolar ionization
Aside from reducing the use of chemicals and products that release off-gas into indoor air, a well maintained HVAC system with additional features such as Ultraviolet Lights (UV Lights) and Bipolar ionization units, is an important defence.
Improving the home’s ventilation is important to ensure there is enough fresh air to reduce the concentration of VOCs. Some general systems that can help include HRVs or ERVs to bring in clean fresh air from the outside and push out pollutants while reclaiming energy from exhaust air to heat or cool fresh air
UV Lights and Bipolar ionization units are able to get into more of the smaller viruses, germs and gases, and can be added to almost any existing infrastructure. UV Lights take the method of a specific wavelength of ultraviolet light to neutralize even the smallest of microorganisms like off-gases. By doing this in the exchange of airflow, the microorganisms are stopped before they can re-enter the atmosphere.
In Bipolar ionization, there is a chemical reaction with the cell membrane surface to inactivate viruses. Airborne particulate particles are charged by the ions, which causes them to cluster and be caught by the home’s filtration system. Odours, gases and aerosols oxidize and are neutralized on contact with oxygen ions.
At the same time, maintaining a consistent temperature, including preventing the home from becoming too warm in the heat and reducing humidity is important in reducing the amount of chemical off-gas from carpets, upholstery and foam.
How Contractors Can Help Customers — Residential or Commercial
A quick review of the home or business will reveal where improvements can be made and open up a discussion. People have been seeking solutions to create better air quality for thousands of years. Your customers want to breathe better air, but they may not know what’s available.
Work with your Wolseley representative to have an inventory of solutions depending on your customer’s needs:
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There’s a huge, untapped demand for helping clients achieve a higher standard of indoor air quality. Clients are more aware than ever before. Start the conversation and seize the opportunity.
Wolseley can help with a complete integrated portfolio of indoor air quality products and solutions. Talk to your Wolseley representative to learn the best ways to promote, sell and install the most innovative solutions on the market, backed by technical support and excellent support.
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