The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), says that better indoor air quality does not just improve comfort, it actually helps to improve the health, and overall productivity of your employees. Despite this, most commercial building managers overlook air quality control until it becomes a problem. If your building occupants are noticing excessive dust, odors, or increased humidity, then you already have a problem and you need to take action ASAP.
Rather than waiting for a problem to arise, an easier (and safer) approach is to monitor and maintain good office air quality all year long. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists headaches, dizziness, sinus issues, itchy eyes and even asthma attacks among the immediate symptoms of exposure to poor office air quality. What it does not mention is that it’s a common reason workers are either absent or late for work.
Below is a list of things you can do to improve the air quality in your business to help those coming in and out of your building stay healthy, comfortable, and productive.
Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality
There are several factors you should assess and address to help improve your office air quality. They include:
Ventilation may be the most important consideration since your HVAC system circulates air throughout your entire office. Make sure your system properly heats, cools and ventilates your office. Have your HVAC system inspected at least twice a year – once in fall and once in spring – to ensure it’s in good, clean working order.
Your air filters won’t catch contaminants if they’re already stuffed with dirt, debris and grime. Change the filters in your office regularly to ensure you trap air pollutants before they contaminate your office air quality. You may choose to install HEPA filter air purifiers in various rooms around your office, and you should take care to vacuum your vents regularly so they stay clean and clear, too.
Many indoor air quality complaints relate to an office being too warm or too cold, too humid or too dry, or too drafty or too stagnant. You can easily adjust your work environment for comfort, which will also encourage better indoor air quality. Regulate your office temperature and humidity carefully. If an issue does arise, empower your staff to report it immediately so you can address the air quality issue as fast as possible.
Stop pollutants before they enter the building. Pollution reduction could include no-smoking zones around the building and the sealing off of areas under construction. Machinery or equipment that produce emissions, including copy machines, should be kept separate from occupied spaces and air intakes. Fragrances and scented sprays can also cause distress. Minimize the use of scented items to avoid complaints.
This consideration is a no-brainer. Keep your workspaces clean and organized to ensure dust and debris don’t contribute to poor indoor air quality.
If you’ve done all that you can and you still have issues, consider giving us a call to discuss our commercial duct cleaning service. We’ve been serving the Philadelphia business community since 1973. We have the experience and qualifications to provide for proper containment and cleaning of your air conveyance system.