How Does HVAC Contribute to IAQ?
According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), ventilation is one of the most critical tasks of an HVAC system. That’s because, without ventilation, your building circulates the same contaminated air day in and day out, causing discomfort, disease, and serious respiratory illnesses. Without the use of furnace filters and other air purification tactics, including air dilution, inhabitants could suffer from:
- Excessive sneezing and coughing
- Itchy nose and watery eyes
- Asthma or allergy flare-ups
- Skin irritation
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
Particulate matter is present indoors and outdoors. However, inadequate ventilation increases the number of contaminants inside your commercial building. When there’s not enough fresh air circulating within the building, it becomes a hot and stuffy breeding ground for airborne impurities, germs, and microorganisms. The overabundance of contaminants contributes to the cause of the afflictions and discomforts listed above. Pollutants can be man-made or organic. Either way, it’s best to take the initiative to make your facility safe and comfortable for yourself and others.