A new study supported by the U.S. Army Material Command was recently released detailing microbial issues associated with heat exchangers in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Entitled, Characterization and Control of the Microbial Community Affiliated with Copper or Aluminum Heat Exchangers of HVAC Systems, the research discusses microbial growth in building systems and how it can impact indoor air quality.
The important study brought to light how bacteria, fungi and biofilms can easily become established in an HVAC system. Once these microbial contaminants begin to multiply and colonize a part of the system, they can begin to immediately impact the IAQ. Adverse health implications due to exposure to these microbes were also discussed and included infections, allergic responses and toxic effects.
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