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indoor air quality tips for businesses by greater comfort hvac

Indoor Air Quality for Your Office

As much as we’d love for summer to be year-round, fall is upon us. Back to school, back to work, back to a routine!

Instead of spending lots of time outdoors enjoying the sun, you’ll probably be indoors (working hard, of course!) for the most part. This means that you’ll want to ensure your office has excellent air quality. Feeling comfortable is important, but breathing in clean, well filtered air is also just as important.

It’s easy to switch up the temp when you feel uncomfortable. However, improving air quality is a tougher problem to tackle. That’s why we have some tips in store for you!

What Defines Good Indoor Air Quality?

Most of the time, you won’t notice if your air quality is “good.” You will, however, probably notice when your air quality isn’t good—this happens when the air feels stiff or muggy.

Achieving excellent indoor air quality generally means that the area is:

Clean. It’s important that good housekeeping habits are practiced in the office. Vacuuming, dusting, and wiping down surfaces helps keep dust and contaminants out of the air (2).

Well ventilated. Keeping the air well distributed and ventilated helps fight off nasty pollutants (1).

Airborne contaminant exposure is minimized. Maintenance and construction operations should be performed in a way that minimizes employee exposure to these contaminants (2).

Proven Ways to Improve Your Office’s Air Quality

For healthier (and happier) employees, you’ll want to consider working on your office’s indoor air quality. There are a few ways to do that—and we’ll help you along the way.

From Square One: Prevention

Proper building and ventilation design will help fight off air quality troubles in the future. It’s best to hire a professional for this. You’ll need some outside help in order to install the ventilation unit, choose the correctly sized unit, and find the best location for it (3).

Frequent maintenance to your HVAC system is key in protecting and improving indoor air quality. Making sure that your system is working as efficiently as possible will not only help with your air quality, but also help with your energy bill costs (bonus!) HVAC professionals have a better eye for nipping problems in the bud before they occur, so put them to use (2)!

Minimizing Indoor Air Pollutants

Remove the source (or minimize the source.) For instance, one of the most common indoor pollutants is tobacco smoke. It’s a good idea to prohibit smoking inside the building and also to confine the designated smoking area to a place outdoors far away from the building’s door (2).

Install a high efficiency air filter to combat indoor contaminants. Luckily, there are plenty of choices on the market. In addition to acquiring an excellent air filter, don’t forget to regularly change it (they don’t last forever!) (2)

Opt for a humidity control system. The wrong humidity level inside your office can negatively impact the air quality. Extreme low or high humidity can help feed those nasty contaminants!

Consider a UV germicidal light. This will help kill the bacteria and viruses that travel through your ductwork. Keeping them out of your ductwork means that they won’t ever reach the indoor air.

We Can Help You In the Quest for Purer Air

You’re not alone in the fight for cleaner air—we’re here to help you inspect and improve the air quality in your office. With options like top-of-the-line air filters, humidity control systems, UV germicidal lights, we have the tools (and knowledge) to make your building’s air fresh and clean.

If you are ready to take action and discuss your heating and cooling needs, now is the time to call! Contact the experts at Greater Comfort today to ensure that your air quality is as clean as possible this fall: 859-491-4915.

Sources:

1. http://www.lennox.com/help/faqs/indoor-air-quality-ventilation
2. https://www.aiha.org/about-ih/Pages/Improving-Indoor-Air-Quality-at-Work.aspx
3. https://www.vallox.com/en/about_ventilation/10_tips_for_good_ventilation_design.html

 

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