Why is indoor air quality so important ?


Why is indoor air quality so important ?
Because air is invisible and spreads lots of bacteria, viruses and microbes. But also because contaminated air can in the long term harm premises’ occupants. 

Indeed, we spend on average 70 to 90% of our time inside closed environment: home, office, transport, shop, school… Several studies, including of the Indoor Air Quality Observatory, have shown that the air we breathe is, in some cases, 5 to 10 times more polluted indoors than outdoors.

This is why the air blown into a building, where we spend most of our time, can be the cause of human health issues such as headaches, fatigue, eyes/nose/throat/skin irritation, dizziness, allergies, asthma, pandemics…
 

What are the solutions to ensure a clean air ?

In 3 words, ventilation, filtration and network maintenance !

Indeed, in order to master a good indoor air quality, it is necessary to ventilate on a regular basis in order to limit  indoor and outdoor sources of pollutants.

Ventilation can be natural, i.e through windows, doors or other openings, or mechanical through air handling units and air diffusers.

To limit the external pollutants sources, it is crucial to ensure air is properly filtered and air handling systems ‘maintenance is regularly operated.

The challenge is to provide sustainable, solid and versatile solutions that are cost-effective in terms of investment as much as operation.

How can the fabric diffuser meet these challenges?

Thanks to their main material, polyester.

Fabric fibers are naturally filtering, they also possess soft and elastic characteristics which allow them to be entirely cleaned up. This is not the case for sheet metal ducts, which can be very hard to clean.

This synthetic fiber has a very good resistance to light and water. Thanks to its RIPSTOP weave, this material is also very resistant to tearing and friction. It is machine washable at 40°C, dries very quickly and is naturally wrinkle-free. Bacteria and microbes can easily be destroyed, just as you would do it with your clothes.

Besides, fabric ducts allow to direct the air flows and to sweep up the whole room avoiding the creation of pollutant concentration, unlike other solutions.

Therefore, air diffusion through fabric duct contributes to a better indoor air quality and meets the specifications of providing sustainable, solid and versatile solutions for both investment and operation.
 

Why aren’t sustainable fabric solution (for better air) more popular?

They actually are! This solution has been used in the food industry for 30 years. You should know that we monitor food processing room’s air quality (yogurt production) better than nursery premises where children are taken care of.

Ventilation, filtration, maintenance and fabric ducts hygiene standards are much more stringent than those for air condition in a building open to the public.
 

To achieve daily aeraulic comfort and optimal air quality inside premises, remember to check and clean your textile ducts regularly.
Indeed, over time, ducts get dusty and become clogged. A regular cleaning is therefore to be favored in order to guarantee the diffusers’aeraulic performance and the respect of health standards.

ATC’s experts remain available to advise and assist you in the maintenance of your fabric ducts.