Do you ever think about the quality of the air you breathe every day at the office? Maintaining indoor air quality depends on the actions of everyone to maintain a healthy and productive workplace.
You often have little control over building services like heating, cooling, elevators, housekeeping and waste management. That’s why it’s important for you and your co-workers to coordinate your indoor environmental strategy.
Let’s look at some factors that contribute to indoor air quality and some steps to take to improve your working environment!
Indoor Air Quality is Important
Poor air quality impacts the health, comfort, well-being and productivity of your entire team. Most Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, and the majority of that indoor time at work. EPA studies show that indoor environments can often have higher pollutant levels than outdoor air.
Indoors pollutants can increase the risk of illness, impacting productivity. The EPA study concluded that poor indoor air quality costs tens of billions annually in lost productivity and medical expenses.
Contributing Factors of Indoor Air Quality
Improving air quality isn’t like fixing a leaky faucet. It’s a complex interaction of factors that can affect the types and levels of indoor pollutants. These include the source of pollutants, maintenance and operation of commercial air-quality systems, moisture, humidity and the actions of the occupants.
Management of indoor air quality focuses on three areas. First, managing the source of pollutants; second, diluting pollutants and removing them; and, finally, using filtration to clean the air of pollutants.
Solving Indoor Air Quality Issues: Commercial Ventilation Systems
Solving and maintaining indoor air quality requires attention to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. A quality HVAC system will supply adequate outside air to help dilute pollutants. Your system should move the air throughout the building as well as filter and clean the air.
It’s important to maintain your HVAC system by providing regular system maintenance along with regularly emptying drip trays and changing filters to keep your system operating at peak efficiency.
Day & Night Air Conditioning is a commercial HVAC company in Phoenix, AZ. We help businesses throughout the Phoenix area keep their HVAC systems working and providing healthy indoor air. If your system needs servicing, or if you’re working on strategies to improve air quality, give us a call. We’re always ready to help with all of your commercial HVAC and air quality needs!