One of the biggest problems schools face on the east coast of the U.S. is humidity control when school is out for the summer. Many schools struggle with mold problems during the summer months, and these problems are directly related to the operation and maintenance of the HVAC system. Moisture control during summer break is essential whether or not the building is occupied. Read More
Proper ventilation depends on if the system processes are functioning properly.
In fact, buildings with high ventilation rates may suffer indoor air problems due to an uneven distribution of air, or insufficient exhaust ventilation. Read More
It may be more useful to look for patterns of symptoms rather than a specific contaminant. What are they and when do they happen? Read More
Does your home have hot or cold spots?
High utility bills?
Does your building fail specifications for duct tightness?
These are signs of an air leak in your HVAC duct work. ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) says that 75% of all ducts in commercial buildings leak 10-25%. That’s 200-700% higher than ASHRAE’s recommended standard of 3%. Leaks in the return duct spread contaminants throughout the rest of your home or your facility. Leaks in a facility’s ventilation shaft reduces the efficiency of exhaust fans.
Duct Sealing improves indoor air quality from the inside out, repairing leaks with a non-toxic sealant.
- Saves energy.
- Improves comfort and ventilation.
- Helps businesses comply with building codes.
To learn more, visit Total Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning.
Celebrate National Healthy Homes Month!
June 2017 is the Second Annual National Healthy Homes Month.
Indoor Air Quality has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the five most urgent environmental risks to public health. HVACR manufacturers, distributors, and contractors are installing more indoor environmental products noticing that IAQ plays a large role in employee health and performance.
People spend most of their time indoors; National Healthy Homes Month offers concepts and tips for keeping those inside spaces healthy and safe.
The theme for this National Healthy Homes Month is Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home. Each week in June; NHHM will focus on the “Principals of Healthy Homes” with associated set of activities:
- Childhood lead poisoning prevention
- Residential asthma intervention
- Injury prevention
- Smoke free public housing
- Safe indoor pest control
- Radon Safety
- Disaster Recovery
A series of webinars will also be happening throughout the month.
For resources and activities updates, visit the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.
Baxter Group, Inc. welcomes our new Indoor Environmentalist, Jason Young.
Baxter Group, Inc. welcomes our new Indoor Environmentalist, Jason Young. With nearly 20 years of experience with indoor environmental quality and air filtration, Jason takes our indoor environmental division to a whole new level. He’s tested emission sources in oil refineries, trash to steam facilities, medical waste facilities, printing facilities etc.…
He’s tested and certified entire production facilities mostly in the Semi-conductor or pharmaceutical industries, has performed HEPA filter leak testing, Laboratory Fume hood testing, Laminar flow device and Biological Safety Cabinet testing and certification.
Jason is here to help with all your indoor environmental quality needs. He’ll work with you to identify the problem and provide the proper remediation resources.
Services we offer:
- Global Harmonization Establishment and Maintenance
- Odor Investigations
- Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Assessments
- Testing for TVOCs, PCBs, formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, dichloroethene (ethylidene chloride), carbon tetrachloride, asphalt fumes, ammonia, ethanol, nicotine, new rug odor, total petroleum hydrocarbons, silica, endotoxins, mycotoxins, PCR – ERMI, bacteria, and so much more.
- Dust Sampling
- Drinking Water Analysis
- Testing for Sick Building Syndrome
- HVAC Cleanliness Inspections
- Preventative Maintenance Programs
Air is seemingly empty to us because the human eye cannot see many of the particles floating around. Particles can be human skin scales, bacteria, viruses, soot, rust, pet dander, pollen grains, mold spores, car-tire particles and more. Particles can be smaller than .01 micron in size. A micron is one-millionth of a meter, and the human eye cannot see anything under 40 microns.
To put this in perspective, the diameter of a single human hair is about 100 microns.
Household dust can range anywhere from smaller than .01 micron to 10 microns. Mold spores can be 2 microns to 10 microns. Bacteria are normally 0.1 micron to 10 microns and viruses are even smaller. Animal dander can be 5 to 20 microns in size.
So, what does this have to do with healthy indoor environment?
Particles travel on airflows created by HVAC systems and ventilation and, the smaller the particle, the longer it remains airborne. Some are even permanently airborne. The longer it remains airborne, the more time available it can be inhaled deeply into the lungs. Bacteria and viruses carry diseases. Some cause asthma and allergy symptoms. These particles that we can’t see need to be filtered out as much as possible.
Products such as HEPA filters remove 99.97% of particles. Air purifiers can be beneficial but can also be detrimental. An air purifier that ionizes air or creates hydroxyl ions creates an irritating gas to provide that fresh air smell.
The best way to removes these particles is to remove the source altogether. For example, if mold spores are coming off an old rug, get rid of the rug.
Baxter Group, Inc. owner and CEO, Jocelyne Melton, and Building Performance Analyst, Patrick Aaron of Total Comfort, Inc. have begun a partnership to improve the indoor air quality in our community. Clients now receive the added benefit of an expanded knowledge base to help identify problems and create solutions for their indoor environmental needs. The client has the option for a free consultation with both Jocelyne Melton and Patrick Aaron to determine the best resolution, including:
- In-Depth environmental investigations, testing, and remediation
- Changes to HVAC systems
- Indoor air products
These products and services can be utilized for both residential homes and commercial buildings.
Baxter Group, Inc. and Total Comfort have worked on several projects together, realizing they share the same values and passion about the environment in which we live and breathe. Patrick Aaron stated, “Teaming with Baxter Group provides us with the opportunity to better serve our customers. By taking a more holistic approach to a home’s indoor air quality and HVAC systems, we aim to create a much healthier and comfortable living space.”