Jun 2, 2022 8:15:00 AM / by Hughes

Improving Indoor Air Quality In Nursing Homes -  Blog Image

As a senior care facility, you have many vulnerable lives that you want to help protect and keep safe. Unfortunately, it is often assumed that being indoors is a safe and healthy place for people who have health issues, but this actually puts them at more risk. In fact, inside air is up to 10 times more polluted that outside air, and after construction or renovation it can be up to 1000 times dirtier than outside air. Although this statistic is dangerous for anyone, it is even more important to keep in mind for people who are forced to spend most of their time inside. And nursing homes are one area that this is a severe issue and where indoor air quality should be closely monitored. Therefore, routine duct cleaning will ensure a clean and safe environment for your residents, employees as well as all the visitors who step through your doors.

Cleaning your facility’s ductwork is the first step in removing airborne contaminants and allergens out of the air they breathe. Duct cleaning is an important part of keeping an environment safe and healthy for everyone that enters through your doors. Since, the ductwork is out of sight, it is often out of mind and may not regularly be cleaned. This allows the ducts to become a breeding ground for dangerous pollutants such as bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungus. These toxins will grow inside of a dirty ductwork and can cause devastating harm to residents with weakened immune systems.

Residents who are exposed to this air contaminates would experience symptoms such as breathlessness, coughing, wheezing breath and even cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is why it is more and more important for buildings to ensure their levels of indoor air pollution do not reach dangerous levels, especially places like nursing homes that would expose people with weaker immune systems or health issues.


Duct Cleaning That Works

The air quality in senior care facilities are critical and  should be closely monitored. Of course routine duct cleaning is the best way to ensure a clean and safe environment for your residents.

Components of Duct Cleaning Services Include:

  • Supply & Return Ductwork
  • Dedicated Exhaust Ductwork and Fans
  • Air Handler Units
  • Internally Lined Ductwork: Cleaning and Encapsulating (Sealing)
  • Mold Remediation from all types of Ductwork
  • VAV’s Reheat Coils, Mixing Boxes
  • Filter Replacements


UVC Light Disinfection

Another way to help eliminate bacteria and other viruses from growing and spreading through your ventilation system is the installation of UVC Light Disinfection. UVC Light disinfection in a senior care setting provides benefits in limited space applications such as PTACs, fan coil units, and water treatment.

  • UVC Lighting At The Coil
  • UVGI For HVAC Systems
  • Upper Air UVC Solutions
  • UVC Light Disinfection Wand
  • Mobile Remote UVC Disinfection System
  • Ceiling/Wall Mountable Germicidal UVC Systems
  • UV Water Disinfection


Air Purification

Lastly, Air Purification Systems are a great way to improve your facility’s indoor air quality (IAQ) as well as fight against the spread of bacteria and viruses throughout your facility.

  • Air Purifiers
  • Air Scrubbers
  • Air Filters


Hughes Environmental

From infection control for duct cleaning in hospitals to OSHA confined space training and fall protection when working from lifts, Hughes Environmental’s technicians are experienced and trained to meet your facility’s safety requirements. We’ve performed hundreds of HVAC systems cleaning projects in all kinds of facilities.

Working with Hughes, you can expect technicians that are trained, certified and up-to-date on common best practices. We have an OSHA trainer on staff, and our technicians have been through OSHA 10- or 30-hour training. We also have Council-certified Indoor Environmentalists (CIE) and Council-certified Microbial Remediators (CMR) on staff.

Worried the indoor air quality in your nursing homes might be effecting your residents? Contact a representative at Hughes Environmental to find out how we can give you fresh, clean air to breathe again.

888-845-3952 or Contact Us

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