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Indoor Air Quality & Mold Problems – A School District’s Public Relations Nightmare !

What do you think when you see Headlines and Nightly News Stories like this ?

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Seem to be happening more and more these days..

 

 

 

 

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What if you’re the Director of Facilities for the one of these School Districts ?

or  Worse yet…….  What if your children attend this one of these schools ?

Besides the obvious health concerns for the Students, Teachers, and other school personnel, this is a Public Relations Nightmare for the Entire School District !!

School Closings disrupt lives, causes doubts, fear, and anxiety.  Responding to this type of crisis costs the school district significant time and money. And even when the situation is rectified, some doubt still remains….  Is my child really safe to go back there??  What about the other schools in the district?? …. and the list of doubts and concerns doesn’t stop.  A public relations nightmare !!

So taking simple, cost effective steps (like properly maintaining the Unit Ventilators) which help avoid these situations is crucial.

Are all Indoor Air Quality issues directly related to Unit Ventilator Cleaning……..  of course not !    However, maintaining clean Air Conditioning and Heating equipment is a very important maintenance fundamental to avoiding many Indoor Air Quality issues.

HVAC System Contamination and Condensate Issues commonly lead to Water Damage, Mold Growth and can cause other “Sick Building Syndrome” type complaints.

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is easily understood by this simple analogy – ” when you are in the building you feel sick, and when you leave the building, you feel better”.  Two very common SBS issues stem from Fungal Contamination (Mold)  and Improper Ventilation (High Carbon Dioxide Levels and Insufficient Fresh Air).

So to recap….

We know dirty Unit Ventilators in classrooms can have severely restricted air flow and cause Improper Ventilation resulting in High CO2 Levels.  We also know that dirty Unit Ventilators clog coils and condensate drains, resulting in water overflow causing water damage and Mold Growth.

A unit ventilator takes about an hour or two to properly clean by an experienced IAQ technician. The cost is less than $200  The savings in energy alone should recoup the cleaning fee very quickly.

There are so many positives from Cleaning Unit Ventilators……

Clean equipment breaks down less, which saves in service repairs.  Clean properly maintained equipment doesn’t leak, which minimizes the potential for Mold growth.  Clean equipment ventilates the classroom properly, brings enough fresh air in to reduce carbon dioxide levels, allowing the Students and Teachers to be more alert with clearer minds to help the learning process. Clean equipment heats and cools the classroom quicker and quieter to increase comfort and cause less of a distraction. Cleaner, more efficient systems use less energy which is even better for our environment !

And Lastly……  Keeping Unit Ventilators Clean can help   KEEP YOUR SCHOOLS OFF THE FRONT PAGE & THE EVENING NEWS !

Unless, of course….      It’s for GOOD NEWS !

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