According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends about 90% of their time indoors. In addition, the concentrations of indoor air pollutants can be two to five times higher inside than outside. Most recently, we have all seen the concern with the spread of COVID-19 within enclosed areas as well.
Common indoor air pollutants are generated simply by living life. Dust, dust mites, fibers from clothing, pollen, and a host of other particles float through the air everyday. Combine those with other potential air pollutants such as off-gassing from new construction, problems with mold or fungi, and things like viruses, bacteria, or other pathogens, and you end up with poor indoor air quality very quickly.
Fortunately, air pollution control equipment is readily available to help businesses and organizations battle these indoor air issues.
What is Air Pollution Control Equipment?
Air pollution control systems are machines or equipment that can help remove particles and moisture from the air or assist with the air exchange process. Here are some of the most common:
- Air Scrubbers
Portable air scrubbers can remove many indoor air pollutants down to air particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. By using a three-stage system, air scrubbers can lengthen the life of HEPA filters while ensuring a high quality of indoor air.
- Negative Air Machines
HEPA negative air machines can work alongside portable air scrubbers. These machines contain particles within a single area, which allows better filtration and control of your indoor air quality.
Ideal indoor humidity levels should be between 30% and 50% year round for optimal health, comfort, and air quality. Using dehumidifiers to control moisture problems is an excellent way to improve air quality. Dehumidifying air quality control equipment may include traditional refrigerants, LGRs, and desiccant systems.
- Large Fans and Air Movers
Good air circulation is an easy and important factor when trying to improve air quality. Fan equipment can be an integral part of an air pollution control system. Mobile, floor and drum fans can help you move small or large quantities of air throughout your area.
How to Choose the Right Air Pollution Control System
When choosing your air pollution control device, you will want to evaluate what your current needs are as well as the space you are trying to manage. In many cases, your business or organization may want to consider renting equipment for special situations or needs like a new construction project or a natural disaster like a flood.
Renting air quality control equipment can also be a smart choice while you’re making renovations or upgrades to an existing HVAC system. Whatever you choose, know that you’re improving the quality of air for your employees, customers or other patrons.