A new report released by BCC Research indicated the total Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) market is projected to reach $8.1 billion in 2014. That’s a $400 million increase over the past year.
A renewed focus has been placed on air quality around the world as the harmful effects of pollution, airborne diseases and a lack of clean air become more pronounced. A sizeable amount of air pollution comes from commercial and industrial buildings that either release toxic gases or don’t have efficient control methods to decrease the amount of contaminants in the nearby environment.
Sustainability efforts as a whole have become a main focus of the HVAC industry, as indoor air quality is a necessary and vital factor that affects production, output and safety inside of large plants, warehouses, refineries, treatment facilities and other similar heavy-duty industries. Much of this comes down to refitting HVAC systems with new energy-efficient materials like coatings and advanced coils.
The replacement of old or failing HVAC parts is a large part of the growth expected in the coming years for the IAQ market, as the BCC report noted more than $4 billion will be spent this year on filters alone. However, filters are only a small solution to increasing the quality of air inside of buildings.
The coils that function to cool and heat the air coming into the HVAC unit are the most crucial pieces of the entire system. Cleaning and replacing HVAC coils will not only improve air quality but will do so at a cheaper cost compared to an older unit.
In the next five years, the IAQ market is expected grow by 7 percent on a year-over-year basis, reaching $11.4 billion by 2019.
Improving HVAC capabilities
Retrofitting a commercial or industrial building with the most advanced HVAC system can only help as long as building managers and owners stay up to date with with maintenance checks and standard performance benchmarks. HVAC units can fail rather quickly without key protective measures in place to prevent corrosion and malfunction. That’s why it’s important to have a framework in place to monitor the capacity at which an HVAC is working.
However, the State of Building Energy Management Survey found that 60 percent of businesses have no such framework in place, according to Daintree Networks Inc. and CoR Advisors. Despite having zero capability to monitor and adjust energy standards, more than 86 percent of respondents believed their businesses have become more energy efficient over the past year.
This blatant disconnect is a large problem that heavy-duty industries face because even the slightest deterioration in an HVAC system can have negative consequences. Air quality in particular can be seriously compromised without effective regulation and control procedures present.
There are several options available to building managers in regards to enhancing HVAC unit performance while advancing company energy policies. For instance, coil coating can make old and damaged coils function like new by providing a protective seal that is corrosion-resistant. Additionally, different types of coatings can be applied to the larger unit itself and even the building it operates in.
If coils are too far beyond repair, replacing items such as evaporator coils and water coils may be required. Replacement parts can be custom-made to fit within an existing unit, which makes it much more cost-effective than to replace the entire HVAC system.
Rahn has a full lineup of spray and immersion (dip)/ Bake protective coatings to meet your needs.