Apr 25, 2020 LAX Reaps The Benefits Of UV-C Technology
With nine terminals totaling several million square feet of floor space, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is massive. It’s also crowded; the 75 million passengers who pass through it annually make it one of the world’s 10 busiest airports.
Keeping those travelers comfortable and safe falls to the airport’s facility management teams, which routinely look to boost efficiencies and decrease maintenance calls across the airport’s immense service area. So, it’s no surprise that while solving a minor air conditioning issue, one facility manager identified a way to improve IAQ for the entire airport.
“A tenant in terminal 2 complained of a musty smell in the offices,” recalls Richard Yakel, the airport’s air conditioning supervisor. “We quickly determined that the odor resulted from the buildup of mold and bacteria on the air-handler evaporator coil, which is a very common condition, especially given our humid, seaside environment.”