Indoor Air Quality Services for COVID-19 in Maine


Posted on Monday 11th January 2021
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for COVID-19 in Maine


Purge Virus is pleased to provide these indoor air quality (IAQ Services) to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic and help increase safety and productivity for years to come beyond COVID-19 for businesses in Maine. 

Allergens, chemicals, and volatile organic compounds are all around us from products we buy to furniture and interior finishes. With many workplace environments that have closed windows and central HVAC systems, we are vulnerable to “Sick Building Syndrome” (SBS). According to ASHRAE, the estimated productivity decrement caused by SBS symptoms has an annual cost of $60 billion. A 20-50% reduction in these symptoms, considered feasible and practical, would bring annual economic benefits of $10 billion to $30 billion.

Clean Indoor Air = Safety and Savings

ASHRAE Estimated potential productivity gains from improvements in indoor environments.

Reduced respiratory illness: 16 to 37 million avoided cases of common cold or influenza: $6 – $14 billion

Reduced allergies and asthma: 8% to 25% decrease in symptoms within 53 million allergy sufferers and 16 million asthmatics: $1 – $4 billion

Reduced sick building syndrome symptoms: 20% to 50% reduction in SBS health symptoms experienced frequently at work by approximately 15 million workers: $10 – $30 billion

Improved worker performance from changes in thermal environment and lighting (beyond SBS): $20 – $160 billion

IAQ Services offered by Purge Virus include IAQ Assessment, IAQ Site Visit, PTAC Units, Mini Split Systems, and Ceiling Cassettes. These services will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and promote Indoor Air Quality for businesses in Maine. 

For more news on COVID-19 in Maine: As COVID rates surge, Mills extends early closing requirement for restaurants, bars, certain businesses

“As Maine's positivity rate for COVID-19 reaches 5.43 percent over the past week, Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday extended a requirement that restaurants, bars, and certain other businesses close by 9 p.m. each night.

The requirement, which took effect Nov. 20, t was set to expire Jan. 3, 2021, but will continue until further notice, according to a release from Mills' office.

‘With more people getting sick, going to the hospital, and dying from COVID-19 in Maine, it is clear we cannot afford to relax this rule now, especially as we wait to see the full impact of the holiday season on the rate of the virus transmission in our state,’ Mills said in the release. ‘Maintaining an early closing time for businesses will keep them open for the majority of their operating hours while curbing late-night gatherings where we are more likely to lower our guard. I encourage all Maine people who want to sustain their favorite small business through these winter months to continue to order take out or delivery which is still allowed after closing time.’”

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