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Innnovation Advice

Indoor Air Quality

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

While we are enjoying the last taste of summer by eating and gathering outdoors, innovators are already planning for the winter season. Alfresco dining in the snow or blowing cold wind doesn’t sound possible or very appealing. 

Recent studies have shown that COVID-19 spreads by droplets and likely by aerosol. Aerosol spread is akin to smoke that can fill a closed room but quickly disperse outside where it’s not contained. Social distancing and plexiglass shields aren’t enough to contain aerosol spread. How do we prepare for moving indoors? 

There is at least one example of enclosed airtight space, an airplane. Airlines long ago prevented smoking on the plane. Now they have quickly adopted new filtration systems and increased the air exchange rates to keep passengers and crew safe. The additional requirement of everyone wearing masks to keep air travel safer and prevent aerosol spread. 

To achieve a new normal, we need to return to travel, the office, schools, restaurants and retail shops. Most companies will need to consider how they are refreshing, not simply recirculating, the air in closed spaces. How are you preparing for indoor safety for employees and customers? 

Now is the time to Invent the Future!


Coronavirus-killing air filter developed in Houston. 

In tests, the filter killed 99.8 percent of coronavirus on a single pass. Still in prototype stage, but plans to make the solution available to the public.

6 Indoor Air Quality Terms To Know. 

When it comes to indoor air quality we know it might be hard to understand all the terms and meanings. Here are 6 that you will want to remember

Indoor Air Quality is a Critical Component When Reopening Building. 

Johnson Controls: For companies reopening their buildings as part of their COVID-19 crisis response, indoor air quality is a priority that should not be overlooked.

The importance of indoor air quality. With people spending an average of 92% of their time indoors, air quality has never been more important.

Distancing and mask wearing are the top Covid mitigation methods, but better indoor air quality may help as well. Building codes require a minimum of outdoor air be pulled in through air conditioning systems, but according to Bahnfleth more is better. He said, “Some systems are designed only to provide the minimum amount required by the ventilation code and others or different types of systems can increase by many times the amount of outside air.”


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