The importance of fan coil unit maintenance together with regular ductwork cleaning cannot be stressed too highly when you consider that a failure to keep coils clean or simply replace air filters can increase operating costs by as much as 25%. That’s before you start to take in to account any reductions in heating or cooling performance, the inconvenience of increased breakdowns, higher reactive maintenance costs, and the impact on indoor air quality and the health and wellbeing of building occupants.
In this article we ask are showers safe from legionella and other dangerous bacteria? While there is robust legislation in place covering UK businesses requiring them to keep their water systems safe and free from dangerous bacteria such as legionella, you may be surprised to learn that private homes have no such controls.
Regular water softener regeneration is an essential process required to maintain the effectiveness of ion-exchange resins used to soften hard waters. In this guide the pre-treatment specialists at Water Treatment Services examine the need for softeners in commercial, industrial and process applications. The guide looks at how the ion-exchange process works, and the stages required to complete a full regeneration of the resin media. It reviews the benefits of base-exchange softening and concludes with a brief review of equipment selection and pre-installation issues.
Controlling boiler blowdown in industrial steam generators is an important process used to manage the build-up of suspended solids and so control the formation of scale, corrosion, and wet steam carryover. In this guide the experts at Water Treatment Services consider the operation of steam generators looking specifically at blowdown, what it is, how it can be used to improve operational performance and energy efficiency, and factors that need to be considered to optimise blowdown rates.
Managing formaldehyde’s impact on indoor air quality is important in both the workplace and at home. Research has shown that exposure to a number of volatile organic compounds including acetone, toluene and formaldehyde can affect the health and well-being of building occupants to varying degrees depending on several factors. This guide looks specifically at the use of formaldehyde within the built environment, common health concerns, and exposure levels both at work and in the home. It goes on to consider what practical steps can be taken to reduce its impact and the benefits of indoor air quality testing.
Managing boiler carryover in steam generating systems is an essential engineering process required to maintain steam purity and boiler system performance. In this expert guide the boiler specialists at Water Treatment Services review the management of industrial steam generating systems looking specifically at the impact of carryover, what causes it, why it needs to be managed and how to control it.
Developing a good indoor air quality plan that follows the BREEAM environmental assessment and rating system can help businesses manage their construction and refurbishment planning processes to ensure they create better, healthier workspaces for their staff and others through the careful selection and use of suitable building materials, appropriate heating and ventilation, and other equipment.
In this practical guide the indoor air quality specialists at WTS look at techniques for identifying and investigating sick building syndrome or SBS in offices and other workplace environments. The guide looks at what SBS is and what symptoms to look out for, key factors known to be associated with the syndrome, techniques for investigating SBS, and what steps can be taken to prevent it in the future.