physical, social & psychological health
Today, people are spending more time indoors than ever before. Healthy buildings emerge as a massive consideration in people’s physical, social, and psychological health. Healthy buildings also integrate green factors by being resource-efficient and environmentally responsible.
ACTS Electric is at the forefront of healthy buildings by supporting ventilation, humidity control, UV light technology, indoor air quality, room pressure, and temperature control.
Increasing ventilation is vital in healthy buildings. Indoor air quality is dependent on a functional ventilation system that brings in the fresh air and distributes it throughout the building. Air quality declines throughout the day as people come and go, generating carbon dioxide, and building air pollutants. Bringing in temperature-controlled air through ventilation decreases the number of harmful contaminants in a healthy building.
Humidity directly affects indoor air quality. High humidity allows bacteria, dust mites, and mold growth, creating unsafe air. According to the National Institute of Health, high humidity and high levels of fungi and dust mites are bad for allergies and respiratory conditions, compounding the danger of COVID-19. Low humidity causes skin and respiratory irritations. ACTS Electric uses humidity sensors to regulate 40-60% levels for the best air quality and comfort in healthy buildings. We are known for our infrastructure renewal and upgrading for a COVID-19 specific approach.
ACTS Electric uses versatile UV light technology to reduce dirt and build-up on coils and reduce the spread of airborne germs and viruses. It is an efficient technology used in healthy buildings. The ultraviolet irradiation only requires minimal maintenance and monitoring. It also reduces energy costs by reducing the amount of airflow restricted by mold and mildew build-up.
With people spending most of their time inside, indoor air quality in healthy buildings is more important than before. Air pollutants are also higher inside than outside. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is a big concern with the emergence of COVID-19 and has driven an interest in cleaner air. Ventilation and humidity significantly impact indoor air quality. Using improved air purifiers with HEPA filters reduces airborne particles and pathogens. They can also work independently of existing HVAC systems.
HVAC systems have sensors that monitor air pressure throughout rooms in the building. When room pressures vary, it impacts the movement of air and particle matter. Negative and positive pressures are used to monitor airflow for filtration and exchange. Positive pressure moves filtered air into the room. Negative pressure removes air to limit cross-contamination. ACTS Electric uses HVAC pressure sensors to create consistent pressure and airflow in healthy buildings.
Indoor temperature control is vital to healthy buildings. Temperature directly affects the well-being and productivity of employees and persons inside the building. The right temperature also lowers the distribution of airborne pathogens. ACTS Electric works to identify underachieving zones and automatically react to changes in indoor temperature and correct temperature fluctuation with temperature sensors. Ideally, indoor temperatures should be between 68.5- and 80.5-degrees Fahrenheit in a healthy building. Studies have shown that employee performance is best between 70- and 72-degrees Fahrenheit.
Buildings respond to pressure depending on the weather and leaks, which compromises peak HVAC operation. ACTS Electric understands that building pressure control is vital. It affects infiltration and exfiltration and prevents negative and positive pressures. When indoor pressure is lower than outside pressure, untreated air leaks in and negates HVAC effectiveness. When indoor pressure is higher than the outside pressure, it creates noisy air leaks around doors and overloads the HVAC system. ACTS Electric establishes preferred building pressure with an automated building pressure control.