Additional Details on Resolving Sick Building Syndrome

Air Cleaning
Air cleaning as a sick building syndrome solution can be a useful adjunct to source control and ventilation, but has certain limitations. Particle control devices (such as the typical furnace filter) are inexpensive, but do not effectively capture small particles; high performance air filters capture the smaller, inhalable particles, but are relatively expensive to install and operate. Mechanical filters do not remove gaseous pollutants. Some specific gaseous pollutants may be removed by adsorbent beds, but these devices can be expensive and require frequent replacement of the adsorbent material. In sum, air cleaners can be useful, but have limited application for sick building syndrome.
Education and Communication
Education and communication are important elements in both remedial and preventive indoor air quality management programs. When building occupants, management, and maintenance personnel fully communicate and understand the causes and consequences of sick building syndrome, they can work together more effectively to prevent problems from occurring or to solve them if they do.
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