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Strategy and Use of Air Purification Systems:
« on: February 09, 2018, 03:15:45 PM »
      Jane Doe, an Indianapolis, Indiana resident, was suffering with symptoms inside her home that she wasn't outside her home.  When she inquired about it with her doctor, the doctor - without reviewing an indoor environmental inspection report or inspecting the house themselves - recommended the use of an air purifier.  This air purifier advertised great results from mold spores, pollen, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and utilized an electrostatic precipitator (a device that claims to remove suspended dust particles from a gas or exhaust by applying a high-voltage electrostatic charge and collecting the particles on charged plates).  Despite installing two of these expensive units in her home, the home owner still suffered from her Building Related Symptoms (BRS, also known as Sick Building Syndrome or SBS).

      Conceptual diagram of an electrostatic precipitator: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Electrostatic_precipitator.svg

      Does Jane Doe's story sound familiar?  If it does, that's because many people experience this very situation everyday.  Generalizations are provided, without regard to the building's disposition, use, or other factors, like the consequences of using such devices on one's health.

      When considering the use of any air purifier, one needs to understand a few things, first, such as but not limited to:
      ~  The condition of the building that one wants to change;
      ~  The type of technology available to make that change;
      ~  The consequences of using that technology on the building and the occupants;
      ~  The appropriate strategy for using such devices in the building; as well as,
      ~  Alternative methods (remedial) for addressing the building's condition.

      Understand that when you use one of these devices you are not remedying the building condition, you are mitigating it.  That means you are not addressing the root-cause of the building's condition and changing it; you're taking methods to reduce that condition so you can more comfortably occupy the building.  (You can read more on root cause inspections here: http://restorationboard.com/indoor-air-quality-occupant-safety-27/insist-on-a-root-cause-analysis-for-poor-indoor-environmental-quality/.)

      Root-cause helps to answer questions like: Why is the source there; and, How can I stop it. . . .?

      In Jane Doe's situation, she was utilizing the wrong type of air purifier for the condition she wanted to change - without understanding or addressing the root-case of the building's condition.  Consequently, she was experiencing a few unexpected and unwanted things:
      1.) The installed devices created other environmental stressors that aggravated her symptoms; and,
      2.) The root-cause of the first condition was too great to be controlled by an air purifier, making her attempt to control it via air purifiers impossible.

      This is a situation where the old saying, ignorance is bliss, does not apply.  Jane's symptoms got worse.

      Folks, however technical the advertisement is for a product, know that there are salespeople behind the development of that advertisement's presentation and content.  Protect yourself.  Make sound decisions.  Utilize any product appropriately and within a sound strategic plan for specific results.

      In Jane's case, she was utilizing a product that created ozonides.  While the salespeople were correct in saying the ozone generated depreciates quickly out of the air and is too low to impact most occupants of the building, what they didn't understand and tell Mrs. Doe was things like the following:
      1.) The chemical interaction between ozone and other materials creates free radicals;
      2.) These free radicals are unstable and highly reactive;
      3.) These free radicals continue to interact with the building; and,
      4.) These chemical interactions can continue for months or a year after the devices are shut off.

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      How do I know what's causing my BRS, so I can address it appropriately?

      You should consult two professionals to help you gain the specifics necessary for remedial action.  These are: (1) your family doctor or a specialist-doctor recommended to you by your family doctor; and, (2) an industrial hygienist (i.e., a professional trained and qualified in the science of industrial hygiene, which you can learn more about by going here: http://restorationboard.com/indoor-air-quality-occupant-safety-27/what-is-industrial-hygiene-who-is-an-industrial-hygienist/.)  The doctor will provide you and your industrial hygienist with an idea of your biological disposition (i.e., symptoms and causal factors); and, the industrial hygienist will process that into a credible inspection protocol.  Once the inspection protocol is complete, the industrial hygienist can go about the inspection process to gain the necessary building information to develop a corrective action plan (i.e., a remediation protocol).  The doctor can review the industrial hygienist's findings and provide any biological specific data to the industrial hygienist for inclusion in the corrective action plan.  Then, later, after remediation has been completed, the industrial hygienist can come back to verify the condition of the building, providing you and your doctor the specifics of the environment.

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      Can my doctor develop the inspection protocol for the industrial hygienist?

      No.  They are not trained in industrial hygiene to do that sort of work.  Think of it like this:  There are many different types of doctors, practicing their own discipline in relation to biological medicine.  The same is true of building science (i.e., industrial hygiene).  The person developing the inspection protocol must be educated in industrial hygiene in order to assure the proper inspection protocol is being generated.  Likewise, your industrial hygienist (i.e., inspector) should not be diagnosing biological dispositions; they are not trained to do so.  This is why each help complete the team necessary to provide for your needs.  Where one falls short, the other completes the task.

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      Can I just call a remediation company to inspect?

      No.  Once again, they are not trained in industrial hygiene.  Remediation is a completely different discipline.  Also, it is illegal for a remediator to assess an environment (e.g., conflict of interest).  You don't want someone who has a financial gain in telling you there is a problem inspecting your building and offering you advise in how to address it.

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      Are there situations where air purifiers are the answer to a building's condition?  If so, which ones?

      Yes.  This is something your industrial hygienist can help you determine and find appropriate equipment/processes for.  I will not speculate in this blog, and (for the reasons discussed above) you wouldn't want me to.

      Folks, the use of any type of product or system requires that you understand it, the condition you're applying it to, and its appropriateness to the situation.  Generalizations often cost more money or create more liabilities than they're worth.  Specification is the only way to remedying an unwanted situation.

      If you have a question about this or would like to discuss an inspection, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]

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      Re: Strategy and Use of Air Purification Systems:
      « Reply #1 on: February 10, 2018, 12:42:20 AM »
          Wow, this press release is profound sir! GREAT JOB! ♥
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          Re: Strategy and Use of Air Purification Systems:
          « Reply #2 on: February 10, 2018, 12:50:27 PM »
              Thank you, @PatrickJohnson

              I'm glad you found value in it.
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              Re: Strategy and Use of Air Purification Systems:
              « Reply #3 on: February 14, 2018, 03:43:46 PM »
                  I'm blown away...this is tops Jason! this guy is a pro thats for sure !

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                  Re: Strategy and Use of Air Purification Systems:
                  « Reply #4 on: February 14, 2018, 08:11:36 PM »
                      Amazing.  I have learned so much from you guys about mold in the house.  Great job @JasonYost
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                      Re: Strategy and Use of Air Purification Systems:
                      « Reply #4 on: February 14, 2018, 08:11:36 PM »
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