Advantage Airtech Commercial Ltd. Blog: Archive for the ‘Commercial Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Approaches to Humidity Balance

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

System of ventilating pipes

We recently discussed the problems of high humidity in buildings. In this post, we wish to talk more in depth about how we take a holistic approach to creating balancing humidity. A key part of this approach is managing humidity levels inside buildings through proper ventilation, air balancing, and dehumidification. As anyone who has gone through a single summer in Toronto knows, high humidity is a major problem—and it easily gets into buildings where it can cause significant damage beyond simply making a space less comfortable.

The standard measure of high humidity is relative humidity that’s greater than 60%. (Relative humidity is a measure of water vapor in the air relative to the temperature of the air, i.e. the percentage of water vapor in the air of the total amount that could be held at the current temperature.) Residential homes usually aim to balance humidity at 45%. But when it comes to commercial and industrial spaces the ideal humidity balance may be different based on equipment and process. This is one of the main reasons to work with professionals to combat humidity in your facility: our experts will know what humidity level is ideal for the space. 

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Humidity Control in a Commercial Building

Monday, June 7th, 2021

humidity-on-windowRelative humidity during the summers in Toronto is often extreme. The July daily average is 82% relative humidity, which is 22% higher than what’s already considered high humidity. The increase in moisture in the air is a cause of discomfort on hot days, but high humidity is also a major concern for commercial buildings. Not only do commercial facilities need to worry about comfort levels indoors, they also have concerns about the damage high moisture levels can do to equipment and property and how it can affect process.

Humidity control inside a commercial facility is much trickier than in a residential home. A house can sometimes deal with humidity using a standard AC that’s the right size for the space, or a whole-house dehumidifier. With commercial facilities, humidity control is the job of the entire HVAC system—and this is a place where experienced commercial HVAC professionals can make a huge difference. Especially pros like ours, who get to know our clients’ equipment and facilities in detail so we can deliver the customized work necessary.

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Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) and Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, March 15th, 2021

virus-microbesMaintaining the best possible industrial and commercial indoor air quality has always been a priority for facilities. It affects the health of the people inside the facility and has an impact on equipment and processes. A huge part of our job as commercial and industrial HVAC specialists is helping our customers with better IAQ. 

Right now, business owners and facility managers are more concerned than ever about IAQ because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. We want to bring attention to one of the best forms of air purification available for commercial indoor air quality in Markham, ON: needlepoint bipolar ionization, air purification that targets many of the smallest particles in the air, including microbes and gases. 

We install NPBI whole-building air purification systems, and one of these may be the right IAQ choice for your facility…

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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Commercial IAQ

Monday, February 15th, 2021

industrial-vents-and-valvesYour facility’s commercial indoor air quality in Toronto, ON is as important as maintaining the proper indoor climate for process and comfort. It’s easy to overlook IAQ when so much of your HVAC concerns are focused on temperature levels, which can vary wildly based not only on season but the type of facility you run. 

But high indoor air quality is critical for any building, and one example of an IAQ problem that is especially prevalent in commercial facilities is volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.

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Commercial Ventilation in Early Spring

Monday, March 16th, 2020

commercial-lobby-with-vents-ductsProper ventilation for a commercial facility is essential, regardless of the type of facility. Ventilating a space is required to allow for proper humidity balance (which can make or break process for many businesses), healthy conditions for workers and employees, control of mold and mildew issues, mitigation of allergens, and reduction of dust and other contaminants that can cause damage to machinery.

Early spring is a tricky time for ventilation, as the weather begins to shift between warm and cold, and facilities deal with the need for both commercial cooling and commercial heating in Toronto, ON. Indoor air quality in a commercial facility can lower rapidly during spring if the ventilation system isn’t kept in proper shape, the ventilation system is outdated, or the wrong type was installed.

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Commercial IAQ: Thinking Ahead to Winter Troubles

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

classic-fanThe indoor air in commercial buildings is often extremely poor, with around 30% of buildings suffering from extensive IAQ issues. The trouble has worsened over the last few decades because the construction of commercial facilities has become tighter to help improve energy efficiency.

The trouble with tighter construction and better air sealing is that it traps pollutants inside the building where they increase in concentration. Any commercial facility produces pollutants from multiple sources and processes. The World Health Organization links these pollutants to respiratory illnesses and allergies.

Illness is obviously no good in a workplace, and studies have found that low IAQ causes a productivity drop from 20% to 33%. This means billions of dollars lost annually across Canada because of indoor air quality issues.

And, unfortunately, the trouble this year is only going to get worse as colder weather arrives. Low IAQ drops further during seasons when buildings are more tightly secured against outdoor temperatures.

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The Importance of Climate Control Systems For Employee Wellness

Monday, March 4th, 2019

woman-with-allergiesWe handle commercial HVAC service in Toronto, ON for a wide variety of facilities and businesses. We know the value of climate control inside a building to help with process and protect equipment—whether it’s installing heating units for a large warehouse or maintaining chillers to cool down vital equipment.

But what we want to address here is a part of climate control that often gets overlooked, and that’s employee wellness. For most facilities, employee productivity and health are as important as process and equipment, and yet this is often overlooked. The ideal climate control systems in your commercial building—covering temperature, humidity, air quality, and ventilation—can sustain excellent employee wellness and help your enterprise succeed.

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Proper Commercial Ventilation Is Critical for Indoor Air Quality

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

commercial-ventWe offer numerous commercial HVAC services in Richmond Hill, ON and throughout the Greater Toronto Area. When people think of commercial HVAC, they usually focus on the “H” and “AC” parts, heating and air conditioning. It’s true that a huge part of what we do is helping commercial and industrial facilities maintain proper indoor temperature control, both for comfort and to facilitate process and protect equipment.

But let’s focus for the moment on the “V” part, ventilation. A vital service we offer for commercial and industrial companies is commercial indoor air quality. Indoor air quality is about the air customers and employees breathe, the dust contamination that can damage machinery, and the shifts in humidity that can affect both people and equipment. Better indoor air quality is essential for most facilities, and there are many methods we use to improve IAQ, such as powerful air filters, electronic air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers.

That “V” is critical. A facility without proper ventilation will end up with poor indoor air quality no matter what. Depending on the building or facility, it can even lead to a dangerous work environment.

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Negative Air Pressure and Importance of Make-Up Air Units

Monday, May 15th, 2017

commercial-air-duct-largeWe are proud of the large number of services we provide commercial and industrial companies in the Greater Toronto Area. We’re a heating, cooling, and ventilation contractor, but people often overlook the “ventilation” part—the “V” in HVAC. The truth is that while maintaining the proper level of temperature inside your commercial or industrial facility is essential for continued operation—it not only offers comfort for people, it’s often vital for the proper protection of equipment as well as process—the indoor air quality is also essential. As with heating and cooling, it affects people, equipment, and process. Our technicians are experienced with handling the many ventilation needs of buildings for the best indoor air quality in Toronto, CA and the surrounding areas.

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

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