Clearing the Air: A Chat with Clean Air Advisor, Dylan Burrows

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October 27, 2021
BGE Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Clearing the Air: A Chat with Clean Air Advisor, Dylan Burrows

Dylan Burrows is a Clean Air Advisor in BGE’s Calgary branch. Today we spoke to Dylan about why our recent campaign focusing on conducting “Airchecks” for Long-Term Care facilities had so much meaning for him.

Let’s start things off with hearing how you describe BGE’s Aircheck program to people:
How I like to describe it is that BGE’s Aircheck™ service is a diagnostic tool that provides a snapshot of a building’s indoor air quality by looking at the quality of outdoor air entering a space, as well as a building’s occupied spaces, current air handling units and filtration systems. We use this as a baseline to identify where a system is performing well, and where it can be improved.

The team at BGE recently conducted an “Aircheck” campaign for Long Term Care Facilities where our Clean Air Advisors went out and conducted Airchecks in these facilities. It struck a special chord for you, didn’t it?
Absolutely, it hit close to home for me, as my mother-in-law is in a long-term care facility here in Calgary. I know how vulnerable this segment of the population is, and with Covid and all, I was eager to help as many centers as possible.

A personal connection makes it that much more meaningful for sure. So how many Airchecks were you able to do? Any “A-Ha’s” you want to share?
Over the duration of our focused campaign, I completed 15 separate Airchecks to Long Term Care facilities, so I am grateful I was able to get out and into these mechanical rooms and rooftops! As for “A-Ha’s”, I suppose the big A-Ha I had was the wide range of my findings; some were quite good, but others were in a condition that needed a lot of improvement.

For the ones needing improvement, why do you think that is?
It can vary, but the main point I want to share is that as indoor air quality advisors, we can help customers better understand how to improve their operations, which enables them to focus on the delivery of top-level care for our senior population. That is why this initiative was so meaningful for me.

What was the reaction when you went into these facilities?
Covid-19 has really shone a spotlight on how important indoor air quality is since it is an airborne spread virus. So, when I was meeting with them and showing them where their systems were not performing, they were very appreciative.

It was also a great way to share knowledge and educate them on ways to improve indoor air quality. People really appreciated how I shared the findings of my Airchecks to help them improve how their systems perform and ultimately the quality of air for their residents.

It all sounds great, so what’s next?
During the campaign, BGE placed a focused effort to find opportunities where we could improve air quality to a more vulnerable segment of the population. But the work doesn’t stop there. Staff of Long-Term Care facilities have the difficult job of taking care of our older population, and that is even more trying during a pandemic. We’ve been at this for over 50 years, and delivering clean air is our passion, so we are going to keep on contacting these facilities to see how we can help.

And I want to help.

Clearing the Air: A Chat with Clean Air Advisor, Dylan Burrows

Dylan Burrows is a Clean Air Advisor in BGE’s Calgary branch. Today we spoke to Dylan about why our recent campaign focusing on conducting “Airchecks” for Long-Term Care facilities had so much meaning for him.

Let’s start things off with hearing how you describe BGE’s Aircheck program to people:
How I like to describe it is that BGE’s Aircheck™ service is a diagnostic tool that provides a snapshot of a building’s indoor air quality by looking at the quality of outdoor air entering a space, as well as a building’s occupied spaces, current air handling units and filtration systems. We use this as a baseline to identify where a system is performing well, and where it can be improved.

The team at BGE recently conducted an “Aircheck” campaign for Long Term Care Facilities where our Clean Air Advisors went out and conducted Airchecks in these facilities. It struck a special chord for you, didn’t it?
Absolutely, it hit close to home for me, as my mother-in-law is in a long-term care facility here in Calgary. I know how vulnerable this segment of the population is, and with Covid and all, I was eager to help as many centers as possible.

A personal connection makes it that much more meaningful for sure. So how many Airchecks were you able to do? Any “A-Ha’s” you want to share?
Over the duration of our focused campaign, I completed 15 separate Airchecks to Long Term Care facilities, so I am grateful I was able to get out and into these mechanical rooms and rooftops! As for “A-Ha’s”, I suppose the big A-Ha I had was the wide range of my findings; some were quite good, but others were in a condition that needed a lot of improvement.

For the ones needing improvement, why do you think that is?
It can vary, but the main point I want to share is that as indoor air quality advisors, we can help customers better understand how to improve their operations, which enables them to focus on the delivery of top-level care for our senior population. That is why this initiative was so meaningful for me.

What was the reaction when you went into these facilities?
Covid-19 has really shone a spotlight on how important indoor air quality is since it is an airborne spread virus. So, when I was meeting with them and showing them where their systems were not performing, they were very appreciative.

It was also a great way to share knowledge and educate them on ways to improve indoor air quality. People really appreciated how I shared the findings of my Airchecks to help them improve how their systems perform and ultimately the quality of air for their residents.

It all sounds great, so what’s next?
During the campaign, BGE placed a focused effort to find opportunities where we could improve air quality to a more vulnerable segment of the population. But the work doesn’t stop there. Staff of Long-Term Care facilities have the difficult job of taking care of our older population, and that is even more trying during a pandemic. We’ve been at this for over 50 years, and delivering clean air is our passion, so we are going to keep on contacting these facilities to see how we can help.

And I want to help.