Because most government employees work indoors in commercial buildings in an office environment, it is very important to monitor levels of pollutants in those buildings. According to studies done by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in certain cases, indoor work environments can actually have higher pollutant levels than those found outside. Pollutants in a building increase the risk of spreading illness, and can contribute to lower cognitive function, which both create a less effective work environment.
Government Air Filtration Operations
Guidelines for government buildings vary state to state and are usually defined by a state’s health and safety code. HVAC system testing, maintenance schedules and record keeping are all vital components of a government building’s air filtration initiatives. In addition, because government entities usually try and set the standard for the public and private sector when it comes to environmental friendliness, less reliance on energy and better air quality, governments are continuously setting that standard higher in their efforts to reduce energy costs while operating things like building maintenance more effectively.
The most important goal in any classroom is to maintain a healthy learning environment however; many schools have been faced with the problems resulting from overcrowded classrooms and in some cases, aging buildings. Also, during cold and flu seasons, not addressing healthy air can cause higher absence rates among students as illness spreads. Many HEPA filters can be used in conjunction with activated carbon filters which also help remove vapors, fumes and odors for classrooms. Studies have shown that an estimated 16,000 schools are in the vicinity of hazardous sources of air pollution sources. Both the students and teachers performance such as concentration and memory depends on clean air!
Gas-phase air filters remove gases and odors by using a material called a sorbent, which adsorbs pollutants. No gas phase filter is expected to remove 100% of pollutants. These filters are typically intended to remove one or more gaseous pollutants from the airstream that passes through them. Since gas-phase filters are used to remove a limited number of gas pollutants (or a specific pollutant) it’s not advised to try and use them in an attempt to remove pollutants they weren’t designed for.