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Some indoor air pollutants cause more harm to people than unclean outdoor air. To combat sickness, prioritize maintaining fresh air within your commercial building.
The Importance of Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) impacts people more than anything, as we typically spend a large amount of time indoors instead of out. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed indoor air pollutants are one of their top environmental health issues Americans face. Poor IAQ causes symptoms like fatigue and headaches. In severe cases, unhealthy air irritates people’s eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Other indicators of poor air quality include unpleasant odors and ceiling condensation. Sudden asthma flare ups could be another sign that the air quality needs improvement. Poor IAQ is also associated with these health problems:
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Respiratory Illness
- Skin Irritations
It’s important to prioritize indoor air quality, not only for the health of employees but to keep their productivity at peak levels, as well. A worker-friendly office includes fresh, breathable air to help employees complete tasks more efficiently, and boosts their focus and accuracy.
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Common Environmental Contaminants
Pollutants can be organic or man-made. Either way, it’s best to take measures to minimize them within your commercial building for the wellbeing of its occupants. Common pollutants include volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, radon, nitrogen, lead particles, and asbestos. Also, things like couches and area rugs could harbor mold and mildew which are both harmful to inhale.
Additionally, second-hand smoke has a negative impact on the environment and the IAQ, too.
Particulate matter can be found both indoors and outdoors, but it’s more concentrated inside the building if it’s not properly ventilated. Particulate matter comes from a number of sources including car emissions and fires. When these microscopic particles mix into the air, they’re virtually invisible to the naked eye. So, they’re breathed in, and cause several health issues.
How To Improve Indoor Air Quality
There are many factors that contribute to poor IAQ. Indoor air is filled with allergens, dust, pet dander, and mold. Plus, humidity leads to higher dust mite levels. Renovation and housekeeping services lead to poor air quality, as well. Newly installed floors involve chemicals, which linger in the air. Then they’re released back into the atmosphere from furniture and carpet. and furniture. Other key contributors to poor IAQ include particles released back into the air by the furnace, fires, and candles. While some of these things are out of people’s control and cannot be avoided, there are certain measures that help improve the air quality in commercial buildings:
Change Filters on Schedule
Routinely changing your filters keeps impure air from recirculating within your facility. Air filters are HVAC mechanisms designed to trap dust and airborne contaminants so that your air conditioner only blows out clean, fresh air.
Prioritize Proper Air Ventilation
- Clean outdoor air must circulate within the building, or else the indoor air becomes more tainted
- Ventilation allows allergens, smells and other pollutants to exit the building while letting fresh air in.
- Still, keep windows down during peak pollen times or times of high outdoor air pollution.
Conducts Routine Air Quality Tests
Allow HVAC professionals to check humidity levels, airflow, ventilation, mold growth, odors, and water damage. Performing indoor air testing provides you with insight to streamline your indoor air quality efforts, making your plans more efficient.
Use Air Purifiers
Those who suffer from indoor allergies can’t control the source of the issue. Air purifiers are placed in the common areas, and they capture some of the environment’s irritants that trigger symptoms. Air purifiers don’t remove 100% of allergens, but they do cut down on them. Installing an ultraviolet germicidal air irradiation system (UVGI) is a practical and efficient method of cleaning the air and lowering utility bills.
Implement preventative maintenance to avoid costly mishaps later down the road.
Prioritizing Air Quality in the Era of COVID-19
During this national health crisis, many are taking extra precautionary measures to keep themselves and others around them safe. An airborne disease that attacks the respiratory system must be taken seriously, therefore, understanding the importance of clean, fresh air free of germs and bacteria leads to a healthier, safer world. Employees come to work and breathe in unclean air, it causes them to become ill, and coworkers contact their sickness. For this reason, among others, experts suggest reducing occupancy helps improve air quality, as well.
Although this viral disease is out of our control, we do however, have the power to reduce its momentum. Hiring professionals to clean ductwork, conduct IAQ checks, and allow proper airflow throughout the building keeps fresh air in, and eliminates impurities. Other ways to combat the buildup of germs and airborne impurities is to implement commercial cleaning services that include sweeping and vacuuming floors, regularly. High traffic areas accumulate dust and dirt that flows back into the air if they aren’t removed as often as necessary.
Commercial HVAC Services That Contribute to Better IAQ
At Service Unlimited, our technicians are aware of the current needs of our world. Now more than ever, reliable, and technologically advanced systems that produce fresh air are a top priority for many businesses. We are proud to be a part of your next HVAC project, as we offer a range of services from in-house air quality balancing to system design, build, and installation. Making sure your heating and cooling system is properly maintained helps keep you and employees safe from the dangers of impure air.
Our team of professionals offer routine maintenance, which include switching out dusty filters on time, every time. Plus, our customized ductwork design, fabrication, and installation leads to cleaner air circulating throughout the facility. Our affordable prices paired with our authentic customer care gives our customers confidence and peace of mind. Partner with Services Unlimited to meet your building’s HVAC needs.