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How to Improve Your Office’s Indoor Air Quality

An HVAC professional changes an air filter to improve an office's indoor air quality.

Air pollution is something that may be reported on the nightly news, but that typically refers to outdoor air pollution. However, most people spend more time indoors than outdoors. The fact is that indoor air pollution is prevalent in many workplaces, so indoor air pollution should be more concerning than outdoor air pollution. Maybe it’s time to check out your office’s indoor air quality and take steps to improve it. 

What Are the Impacts of Poor Indoor Air Quality?

First, poor indoor air quality can reduce business productivity, employee satisfaction, employee retention, and profitability. 

Second, poor indoor air quality can result in many medical issues, including respiratory illnesses, throat and nasal illnesses, asthma complications, coughing, headaches, allergic reactions, fatigue, irritations of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin, complications for lung and heart conditions, and cancer. These can cause significant medical costs and lost work time. Improvements to your office’s indoor air quality can make a major difference for your business.

What Contributes to Indoor Air Pollution? 

Factors contributing to indoor air pollution and poor indoor air quality include biological contaminants, chemical pollutants, and particles. Biological contaminants include bacteria, viruses, mold, fungi, dust mite allergens, animal dander, and pollen. Chemical pollutants are emissions from products used in the building, accidental chemical spills, carbon monoxide, vaping, and tobacco smoke. Sources of particles include dust or dirt drawn into the building from outside or created by activities inside the building like copying and operating equipment. Your office’s indoor air quality may be suffering!

How to Improve Your Office’s Indoor Air Quality 

  1. Ensure that the building’s HVAC systems are designed to handle the number of people in the workplace. You can do that by scheduling an energy audit. Many electric and gas companies provide this service for free or at a reduced price. 
  2. Ensure that all aspects of the building’s HVAC system are working correctly including the system’s controls, the ductwork that carries conditioned air throughout the facility, and the filters that clean the air.  
  3. Ensure that the outside air supply is properly filtered. Without adequate filtering, outside pollen, pollutants, and smog will be pulled into the building. A properly sized and installed PA filter system can remove up to 99.97% of pollutants from outside air.  
  4. Rigorous and consistent equipment maintenance is essential to improve your office’s indoor air quality. 
  5. Ensure regular cleaning of places where pollutants can accumulate including hallways, stairwells, elevators, and parking garages, so that pollutants aren’t tracked or pulled inside the building. 
  6. Examine your office layout to ensure that there is enough space to facilitate good ventilation. That includes spaces between cubicles, hallways, and storage areas. 
  7. Ensure that office areas are regularly cleaned, focusing on common areas like break rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and copy room areas where bacteria can readily breed. 
  8. Get a professional maintenance team that can help you improve your office’s indoor air quality.  

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