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Celebrate Earth Week by Looking for Energy Losses in Commercial Buildings

Rising energy costs, lower maintenance budgets and decreased indoor air quality are challenges facing every facility manager across the country. But potential savings can located in the bowels of most buildings… the air handling systems.

Washington 4/03/2012 02:37 PM GMT (WooEB)




In honor of Earth Week 2012, Pure Air Control Services, shares tips for businesses to help conserve energy, save money while improve indoor air quality.

Pure Air Control Services’ Building Remediation Sciences division helps customers reduce energy costs and operate more sustainably through its green products and services offerings in three main areas: managing energy usage, utilizing sustainability/greening and improving indoor air quality.

Rising energy costs, lower maintenance budgets and decreased indoor air quality are challenges facing every facility manager across the country.  But potential savings can located in the bowels of most buildings… the air handling systems. Case in point: dirty or clogged commercial evaporator coils. Simply performing a deep cleansing with PURE-Steam coil Cleaning and Flushing can dramatically reduce energy costs, while improving in indoor air quality and with no chemicals. 

According to the US Department of Energy (DOE) the “HVAC system accounts for 40 to 60 percent of the energy used in U.S. commercial and residential buildings. This represents an opportunity for energy savings using proven technologies and design concepts.  The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is one of the biggest areas of energy consumption within a facility. Even the highest-rated HVAC system wastes energy with dirty coils and without a well-sealed duct system.”

Cooling coils use tubing arranged in a series of loops and fins and their purpose is to transfer heat from one fluid to another (e.g. water to air, refrigerants to air, air to air etc.). Aluminum and copper fins are attached to the coils to increase the exposure surface and the rate of heat transfer. In the 1970s and early 1980s the cooling coils had typically 8 to 12 fins per inch, but due to increasing energy costs and mandated energy efficiency ratings, it is not uncommon seeing coils today manufactured with 16 and 18 fins per inch arranged in complex zigzag patterns.

Unfortunately, these high efficiency coils are extremely susceptible to blockage from dust accumulation because once lodged deeply within the fins bacteria and mold may initiate growth, which not only compounds the blockage problems but also gives rise to excessive operating costs, comfort control problems and unhealthy sanitary conditions that are not conducive to good air quality.

Charlotte County School District has implemented a "Green Cleaning" program to not only save energy but also to improve indoor air quality and mitigate long-term health risks and allergies associated with indoor air pollutants.  This program introduces a chemical free coil cleaning process called PURE-Steam Coil Cleaning a safe and effective cleaning process used to save energy and create a healthy learning environment for students, school staff and visitors.
As a part of this initiative, the Charlotte County School District has contracted with Pure Air Control Services a national leading indoor environmental contractor with over 25 years of building IAQ experience.  Because the PURE-Steam Coil Cleaning program is totally GREEN (NO CHEMICALS) students, school staff and visitors don’t have to worry about potential dangerous chemicals or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) entering into the air or water system.
Don Terry, Manager of HVAC Maintenance noted that “not only are we saving energy, but we are creating a healthy learning environment for our students and faculty.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long been a proponent of improving indoor air quality in the nation’s schools stating on their web site that “Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can cause illness requiring absence from school, and can cause acute health symptoms that decrease performance while at school. In addition, recent data suggest that poor IAQ can reduce a person’s ability to perform specific mental tasks requiring concentration, calculation, or memory.”  Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a critically important aspect of creating and maintaining quality school facilities.
Additionally, Mr. Terry stated that “your staff, crew and support team are great to work with.  I would highly recommend your Pure-Steam Coil cleaning process to any facility/HVAC manager interested in saving energy, improving indoor air quality and creating a healthy school.”

The HVAC system is an example of energy conservation ideas. To celebrate Earth Day, Pure Air Control Services is inviting facilities maintenance operators to share their best practices by visiting the Pure Air Control Services Right Now Blog at  Place your best practice comments on “What are you doing right now?” section or go to the Pure Air Control Services Blog and comment.

To discuss ways to get your facility “chemical free” via the PURE-Steam coil cleaning process and save energy while creating a healthy learning environment call Pure Air Control Services today at 1-800-422-873

About Pure Air Control Services:

Founded in 1984 by Alan Wozniak, President/CEO in what began as a small mechanical contracting business has grown into an award winning, industry leading indoor air quality (IAQ) service company serving many fortune 500 corporations, school boards, universities, county, city, state and federal governments and consumers across the US.  The firm has serviced over 600 million square feet of indoor environments in over 10,000 facilities,

Pure Air Control Services nationally performed IAQ services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; an AIHA accredited Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; and Duct Cleaning & Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services. The company’s expanding client roster includes the General Services Administration (GSA); Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Allstate Insurance; Carrier Air Conditioning; Naval Air Warfare Center, Orlando; and Naval Air Station - King's Bay, Georgia, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air a reliable industry leader.

For more information, visit the company’s web site at or contact Alan Wozniak or Cy Garner at 1-800-422-7873 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting ext 802 or 804 respectively.

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