In the past month (December 2017) G&G Indoor Air Services of San Diego has received several phone calls from business owners and building managers about Legionnaires’ disease. The disease has been in the news since November, when Disneyland confirmed at least twelve people in the Anaheim area had contracted the disease after visiting the theme park (Source).
Legionnaires’ is a type of pneumonia. People contract the disease by inhaling infected water droplets, which originate in “plumbing systems where conditions are favorable to growth, ”including“ hot water tanks and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems.” (Source). In the wake of the Disneyland incident, HuffPost reported that the “disease is rising at an alarming rate.”
Although Legionnaires’ is rare, it is only one of many pollutants found in (and around) commercial buildings, all of which can affect indoor air quality (IAQ). Managing IAQ is an important task for business owners and building managers because, as the EPA reports, “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors,” with a majority of that time at work.
When we receive phone calls from concerned business owners or building managers, we recommend commercial HVAC cleaning, which can help to manage excessive pollutants and assure proper ventilation throughout commercial buildings. To guard against Legionnaires’, specifically, we recommend cleaning the building’s air-conditioning unit, including the evaporator and condenser coils.
To learn more about how G&G Indoor Air Services can help you assure healthy air for your commercial building, call today.