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Sick Building Syndrome in Toronto Condominiums

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Toronto is currently experiencing a condo-building eruption. According to Toronto City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Toronto has more high-rise condos (132 buildings of 400 feet or taller) under construction than any other North American city, including larger cities like New York City (95 buildings), Mexico City (88), and Chicago (17).

With all of this condo development, there is much concern about the interior air quality of these and older, more established condominium buildings. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has determined that many North American buildings—including condos—cause Sick Building Syndrome (or SBS), a condition where “occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building.”

Frequently, SBS is caused by poor interior air-quality conditions because there are problems resulting “when a building is operated or maintained in a manner that is inconsistent with its prescribed operating procedures.” In other words, these buildings’ HVAC systems are poorly maintained. The EPA specifically targets “inadequate HVAC systems that do not effectively distribute air to people in a building.”

“Bacteria, molds, pollen, and viruses,” observes the EPA, “are types of biological contaminants” living in condominium HVAC systems: “These contaminants may breed in stagnant water that has accumulated in ducts, humidifiers, and drain pans.”

The primary solution to Sick Building Syndrome, according to the EPA, is to “include routine maintenance of HVAC systems, for example, periodic cleaning or replacement of filters” and “venting contaminant source emissions to the outdoors.” One of the most significant causes of SBS, for the EPA, is that many “HVAC systems are not operated or maintained to ensure” against poor ventilation and consequent SBS.

We at Intelligent Comfort Solutions understand that buildings are like living things and need to breathe properly so that tenants and condo-dwellers can breathe the best quality of indoor air. Fundamentally, periodic scheduled maintenance of pumps and filters in condominiums creates healthy indoor-air environments.

Intelligent Comfort Solutions performs contracted regular maintenance for high-rise condominiums throughout Toronto.

>> Contact us today for a complimentary assessment of your condominium’s air quality and HVAC-maintenance needs before anyone else gets sick from your building.

Dave Morrison is the General Manager at Intelligent Comfort Solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial HVAC maintenance, repair, installation, and indoor air quality improvement. He prides himself on finding the best HVAC solution for your business, and building a lasting relationship that your business can depend on. Dave is known for his open and honest communication and his friendly top notch customer service.

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