The concern for improving IAQ in buildings has lead AIRMAX to develop services that take a critical approach in examining a buildings air conditioning system and indoor environment for potential sources of contamination. Upon the completion of a building evaluation, AIRMAX can deliver a wide range of air conditioning systems cleaning, remediation, refurbishment and corrective measures to improve building IAQ.
AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS CLEANING
AIRMAX provides an air conditioning system cleaning, restoration and refurbishment service eliminating the presence of dirt, dust, debris, and biological contaminants from the airside surfaces of air conditioning systems. This service, which comprises the bulk of our business, reconditions and refurbishes existing building air conditioning systems to remove the accumulation o dirt and biological contaminants from ductwork and air handling systems.
The service restores the air conditioning equipment to its original condition. The cleaning of a building air conditioning system is performed using engineering and industry standards to contain and control contaminants during the completion of the work.
AIRMAX has laboratory support for sampling, testing, and evaluating building environments and air conditioning systems for the presence of air-borne spores, molds, fungi, bacteria, volatile organic compounds and other air-borne dust particles. In addition to air-borne contaminants, buildings are tested for differential air pressures, moisture intrusion and air flow dynamics.
INCREASED AWARENESS OF INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
The demand for better building environments has steadily increased over the years with the awareness of building related illnesses, mold contamination and the threat of air-borne contaminants. Commercial building business activity has been complaint driven leading to more stringent engineering and architectural design standard and compulsory maintenance practices. The inventory of existing buildings, including commercial buildings, hospitals and schools which have to conform to these requirements in an attempt to control the presence of toxic molds and other biological contaminants has steadily grown over the years.
EPA: In March 2001, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency issued document number EPA 402-K-01-001 titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings.
CDC: The Centers for Disease Control issued a Draft Guideline for Environmental Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities, 2001. The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPIC) has recognized that poorly maintained heating and air conditioning systems contribute to the spread of air-borne infections.
NYC: The New York City Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental & Occupational Disease Epidemiology has issued a document titled Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments.