Indoor Air Quality Tips

Indoor Air Quality Tips

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Indoor Air Quality Tips

At COIT, we believe that indoor air quality is an important aspect of any healthy home and business and the CDC agrees especially because COVID viral particles spread between people more readily indoors than outdoors. Other contaminants ranging from cigarette smoke to allergens, chemicals from paint or glues, or outdoor pollutants that travel through windows, can affect the quality of clean indoor air.

According to the Daily Green, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates people spend 90% of their time indoors, but indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.  Ventilation system upgrades or improvements can increase the delivery of clean air and dilute potential contaminants. Consult experienced heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals when considering changes to HVAC systems and equipment. The American Lung Association and the CDC offers numerous tips for protecting indoor air. 

By paying attention to your Indoor Air Quality, you’ll be taking a big step toward keeping your family’s home environment clean and healthy from Covid and numerous other pathogens. 

Covid Air Quality Tips
  1. Open outdoor air dampers beyond minimum settings to reduce or eliminate HVAC air recirculation.
  2. Ventilate your rooms well. Open windows when safe and possible, and install venting for appliances and in unvented bathrooms. Make sure all vents connect to the outdoors. Fireplaces and wood or gas stoves must also be vented properly to the outside, because they can produce carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and fine particle pollution, and other toxic air pollutants.
    1. Use fans to increase the effectiveness of open windows
  3. Turn off any demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) controls that reduce air supply based on occupancy or temperature during occupied hours. In homes and buildings where the HVAC fan operation can be controlled at the thermostat, set the fan to the “on” position instead of “auto,” which will operate the fan continuously, even when heating or air-conditioning is not required.
  4. Inspect and maintain exhaust ventilation systems in areas such as kitchens, cooking areas, etc.

By paying attention to your Indoor Air Quality, you’ll be taking a big step toward keeping your family’s home environment clean and healthy from Covid and numerous other pathogens. End Of Article

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Application of the 10/25/2021 King County Public Health Order to Common Interest Communities

Application of the 10/25/2021 King County Public Health Order to Common Interest Communities

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Application of the 10/25/2021 King County Public Health Order to Common Interest Communities

The King County Public Health Officer issued an order on September 16, 2021, effective October 25, 2021. The Local Health Order requires people ages 12 and older to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result to enter certain establishments and events, including but not limited to restaurants and bars, gyms, indoor recreational events or establishments, and outdoor events with 500 or more people.

What Does This Mean For Common Interest Communities?

A question has arisen as to whether the order applies to gyms, restaurants, and meeting rooms within common interest communities. The text of the order is not clear on the scope of its application. It does not make any exception for members-only establishments. It does refer ambiguously in one place to “public” facilities.

Rafel Law Group sought guidance from the King County Public Health Office and was advised that the order is intended to apply only to facilities that are open to the general public. A formal opinion has not been published by King County Public Health but the advice provided to Rafel Law group appears to be authoritative.

Application For Facilities Within Common Interest Communities

Accordingly, gyms, restaurants, and meeting facilities within common interest communities that are open only to members and their guests are not subject to the King County Order. However, to the extent any such facilities within common interest communities are open to the general public, the order applies and must be followed.

This means that the common interest community must require and verify proof of full vaccination or recent (72 hours) approved negative test result in facilities which are not limited to members and their guests.

Facilities that are limited to members and their guests and are therefore not open to the public do not fall within the scope of the order, and common interest communities are not required to verify proof of vaccination or a negative test result for entry to such areas. End Of Article

[Note:] Medical and religious vaccine exemptions are not accepted in lieu of documentation of a negative Covid test.

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