December looks a bit different this year. Covid-19 infections continue to rise even as California remains under a stay-at-home-order. While the first FDA-approved vaccine is currently in distribution, it will be many months before the entire population is vaccinated so safety measures and recommendations will likely remain in place.
Winter is here and we hope everyone will get to spend some quality time at home with family. Happy Holidays from the Alliance Environmental Group of companies. 2020 has been a year with many challenges, but we look forward to enjoying the holidays and anticipating a better and brighter new year. Remember that even though we want to spend time with family and enjoy the festive season, we must take every precaution to be safe and healthy.
Infection Prevention and Safety in Hospitals
BY MINTIE, LLC
Hospitals worldwide have faced many challenges during this pandemic, including strained resources as they worked tirelessly to control the spread of the virus and keep their patients and staff safe. With a vaccine approved and currently in distribution, we begin to see an end to a long and difficult time. While it will be many months before we have full distribution of the vaccine, we continue to learn what we can do better to prevent or slow the spread of highly contagious viruses, particularly within hospital settings.
Facilitiesnet.com has an informative article, “5 Hospital HVAC Design Strategies for the Post-COVID-19 World,” to help facilitate discussions with a qualified indoor air quality management services company such as Mintie LLC on your HEPA filtration, air handling unit, negative pressure environment, and return air and exhaust air needs.
Annual Adopt-a-Home Toy Drive
BY ALLIANCE ENVIRONMENTAL
For the 13th year, Airtek Indoor Air Solutions and Alliance Environmental Group have partnered with the Freedom House church in Fullerton to help families in need of assistance. The community rallies together to help families facing financial hardship during the holiday season. This has been a particularly hard year for many as the pandemic has placed such strain on the economy and people’s lives.
Four Reasons Why Air Duct Cleaning is a Good Idea to Prepare You for Winter
BY AIRTEK INDOOR AIR SOLUTIONS
Lower Energy Costs –
Having your air ducts cleaned before winter boosts heating efficiency by eliminating dust and debris in the system. Dust and debris build up can strain your system to work harder and hamper its ability to properly circulate airflow. When HVAC systems are not working efficiently, utility bills are inflated. The cost of cleaning the air ducts is quickly replenished by the savings on the energy costs.
Reduce House Cleaning –
Dust build-up may be a sign that your air ducts are not working efficiently. It is recommended that most buildings should have their air ducts cleaned every 2-3 years. Home and building owners do not realize how much time has passed since the air ducts have been cleaned. The lint built up in the system gets blown into the building as the air circulates, creating a layer of dust on your indoor furniture and work areas. Instead of continuously dusting, solve the root of the problem – your dusty ducts!
Prevent Hazards –
Failure to properly and professionally clean air ducts can result in various hazards; first and foremost, it is a health hazard. While you are freeing your “congested” lungs to the building, duct cleaning simultaneously frees people from congestion as well. Mold growth, vermin infestations, and excessive amounts of debris can lead to allergies, headaches, and nausea.
Improve Indoor Air Quality –
When your HVAC system is clogged with debris, it inhibits the system from drawing all of the dust from your breathable air. Consequently, the inside of your home or building can become stuffy. With less breathable air, you are now putting your building inhabitants at a higher risk for getting sick this winter.
Reduce Mold Exposure by Removal and Cleaning
BY ALLIANCE ENVIRONMENTAL
Mold needs a steady source of moisture to get established, multiply and thrive. Materials like drywall, carpet, or gypsum board can soak up water, creating a perfect home for a mold colony. Once a mold colony is identified, it is imperative to cut off its source of water to impede any further colonies from reestablishing themselves after the final two remediation steps are completed.
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– Maria Bravo.