Addressing IAQ in Winter
With the arrival of dark nights and dropping temperatures, moisture levels in buildings start to increase.
Air becomes more laden with water, meaning that issues such as condensation, and even damp and mould, can take hold.
As a result, the PCA is urging facilities managers to ensure appropriate servicing, repairs and checks are made to ventilation fans and air management systems, to tackle the issue.
Steve Hodgson, chief executive of the PCA, said: “Ventilation fans and air management systems are at the front line in providing a healthier environment for people to live and work in.
“They play an invaluable role at this time of year at addressing the heavy, cold air that can circulate in buildings as temperatures drop.
“However, despite the contribution they make to air quality, it’s not uncommon for their service and repair to be overlooked.
“Without a structured servicing regime, waste can build up in the system. This can become a breeding ground for bacteria and also reduce efficiency.
“It is also not uncommon for systems to be installed which are not the correct specification for their particular environment.
“This is unfortunate as effective ventilation is the most effective way to tackle excess moisture in buildings.”
The PCA’s membership includes professionals with the skills and expertise to undertake the design and installation of ventilation solutions for commercial and residential areas.
More information is available at www.property-care.org.