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AHU Coil & Tube Restoration: Driving Improved IAQ and Energy Savings through Innovation

In this presentation, Mike Bodon, CEO of AQUIS, will discuss and educate attendees about the harmful effects of biofilms  on the indoor environment. More specifically, Mike will discuss how the interior of air handling units (AHU) are major  sources of microbial growth such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses, and how cooling coils, condensate drain pans and  fiberglass insulation are primary amplification sites for microbial growth.  

Attendees will learn how microbes inside an air handler are small enough to bypass filtration where they thrive and  proliferate in AHUs in the form of biofilms, which are vast communities of microbes protected by a strong, tacky  biopolymer called the EPS. More importantly, Mike will explain why biofilms are the source of many IAQ issues including  odors, irritants and the spread of airborne pathogens and viruses, and how 90% of harmful bacteria live in biofilm.  

Mike will further discuss how cooling coils provide both an enormous surface area and the perfect damp breeding  environment that promotes the accumulation of biofilms, and their resistance to traditional cleaning chemicals and  methods. In fact, biofilms are largely immune to commonly used, highly toxic and corrosive chemicals that are bad for  the environment and destroy delicate coil fins, limiting coil service life. Another challenge with conventional coil cleaning  methods is effectively cleaning throughout the depth of coil, including the interior copper tubes.  

Coil and tube Restoration has been a game changer by way of an innovative probiotic technology that detaches and  eliminates biofilms from deep within coils. The result is coils that are cleaned at a microscopic level, driving increased  operational efficiency, extending coil service life, and improving indoor air quality. When comprehensive AHU  refurbishment is coupled with coil and tube Restoration, both the operational and hygienic integrity of the air handler is  restored to like-new condition. This is verified through ATP testing, done before and after the AQUIS process to quantify  active biological growth and verify its removal.  

 

Learning Objectives:

1. What are biofilms, and why are they so dangerous to the indoor environment?
2. How AHUs are amplification sites for harmful microbial growth, like biofilms.
3. How Coil Restoration eliminates biofilm while improving coil efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ).
4. How taking a holistic approach to AHU remediation through refurbishment, coil restoration, and confirmation testing is the best approach to restoring hygienic conditions to building AHUs.

Session Details

Start Time: 11/10/2021 8:00:00 AM

End Time: 11/10/2021 9:00:00 AM

Presented By:

Mike Bodón
CEO & President
AQUIS

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Room Number: 203

Audience: Intermediate

CEU: 1 hour

Track: Excellence in Maintenance and Operations

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