Airport Maintenance: From Surface Sanitation to the HVAC System

The Los Angeles Airport saw 87.5 million passengers pass through in 2018 making it one of the busiest airports in the United States. Keeping a facility this size clean is a complex and ongoing task. In addition to the seemingly endless visible space to clean, the inner workings of the HVAC system cannot be ignored.

Airports terminals are large buildings with complicated HVAC systems that include giant chillers, high-capacity cooling towers, and enormous air handlers. These systems run 24 hours per day, 365 days per year and rarely see any downtime. With near constant operation, an airport HVAC system must undergo routine maintenance to prevent unplanned breakdowns.

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Keeping High Performance Student Athletes Safer with Goodway

CBS Sports released a 2016 report detailing how three of the nation’s largest colleges earn and spend money from their sports programs. During the 2014-2015 season, Ohio State made $52,000,000 from football ticket sales alone. With 130 players on the football roster, hypothetically each player brought in $400,000 of revenue for the school. With so much revenue per football player, there is even more incentive to make sure student athletes don’t get sick because of something preventable, like athlete’s foot in the shower or a bad cough from mold in the training center air conditioning.

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There Might Be More in Your Duct System Than Air

Earlier this year, Forbes Magazine ran a story about working in America and noted that the average American spends 90,000 hours of their life at work. For many of us, that 90,000 hours is spent in a tightly closed building with no open windows and questionable air quality. The indoor air circulates through ductwork most likely installed when the building was constructed many years prior. Indoor air passes though the ductwork blowing by anything sitting inside: dust, mold, maybe even bugs…and then we breathe it in. For poorly maintained or older HVAC systems with clogged filters, disconnected flex duct, or moisture infiltration, indoor air can be some of the worst air we breathe thanks to what’s resting in the ductwork.

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Mold: The Original Facility Management Issue

The HVAC and building maintenance industries have seen issues come and go over the years. For a time, “sick building syndrome” was on the front cover of every facility management magazine. Now green has taken the headlines. Before green, the issue facing our buildings was mold.

Although mold may be off the front page, a quick internet search of “mold in commercial buildings” shows the problem of mold is still very real and very current. For a more sobering reminder that the problem of hasn’t gone away, search the keywords “mold class action lawsuit”. The results are enough to make any facility manager consider another career.

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Air Conditioning Makes You Smarter: Increasing the Bottom Line with Better HVAC Maintenance

CareerBuilder.com released a 2018 survey stating that 46% of employees think their office is too hot to too cold. Despite untold millions of dollars spent on heating and air conditioning systems, almost half of everyone in a building is uncomfortable. Year after year complaints about office temperature outrank dirty bathrooms, noise levels, no parking, or even bad indoor quality. It seems being uncomfortable is what is on people’s minds and for good reason. Several studies have shown a direct link between an employee’s comfort and their productivity, which is one of the many reasons why proper HVAC maintenance is so critical.

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