Indoor Air Quality is a Critical Part of Productivity and Wellness for Companies
With so many day-to-day problems to solve in business, it can be hard for an owner, or manager, to address everything—much less something you can’t even see. But if employee productivity and fewer sick days are important to your business, then the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your office space or building also matters.
Research has shown a connection between the air quality of a facility and the mental abilities of its occupants. The more polluted the air, the worse people perform in cognitive tests and in their ability to focus. Also, many illnesses are transmitted through the air. This leads to healthcare expenses, more needed sick days, or just underperforming while at work.
It turns out that indoor air can be more polluted than the air outside, according to studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With many Americans spending most of their workday in an office, it is also estimated that lost productivity and healthcare expenses—due to poor indoor air quality—amount to tens of billions of dollars per year in the nation.
Indoor Air Issues to Watch for
1. Pollutants in the Air
When it comes to air pollutants, there are three to know about. First, biological contaminants include things such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and pollen among other things. These can be magnified by poor humidity control, spilled water, or condensation. Second, chemical pollutants include emissions from everyday items like furniture, office equipment, cleaning products, and chemical spills. Carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide are the gases produced through combustion. Third, airborne solid and liquid particles are released through activities such as using a copy machine, sanding wood, or smoking.
2. Poor Air Ventilation
In addition to pollutants in the air, old and modern buildings alike often don’t have the right amount of fresh air in circulation. Too much and it might feel drafty leaving occupants chilly and distracted. Too little and the air can become stagnant and stuffy causing people to feel drowsy. Fresh air also helps to dilute the effects of toxins in the air.
3. Too Much or Too Little Humidity in the Air
Controlling the humidity in your building is also important. Biological contaminants can grow and spread when there is too much humidity. However, when there is not enough, occupants might experience dry eyes and sinus problems.
Improve the Air Quality Inside Your Building Today!
Indoor air quality is important for your business and there are steps you can take today to improve it. Contact Metal Masters, Inc. to learn more about how to improve your facility’s IAQ. We partner with many companies between Medford and Klamath Falls, providing commercial HVAC products and services. From medical facilities and schools to office buildings and retail stores, we’ve been providing the best air conditioning, heating, and ventilation solutions for more than 50 years.