How Do I Improve My Office’s Air Quality?
Everyone is always worried about the air quality outside. But, what about inside? The air quality in buildings affects the productivity and well-being of employees. When so many people are in a small space, dirt and pollutants can build up quickly.
Always Check The Indoor Air Quality
Do you have an air quality monitor? These monitors are devices that give readings of harmful pollutants in the air. They can detect carbon monoxide, mold spores, allergens, VOCs, and more. The more pollutants a unit can detect, the higher the accuracy level.
The best indoor air quality monitors will alert you when the quality of air reaches dangerous levels. While you may not need Wi-Fi or smartphone control, most models come with a feature that will send you push notifications if there are harmful pollutants in your air.
Check the Building’s Ventilation
Poor ventilation in your office building can lead to you having a hard time breathing while you are at work. Not only does this sacrifice your breathing, but it sabotages your productivity.
If possible, open the windows in your building to allow fresh air in. This helps to increase airflow and alleviate any pollutants in the air. You should remove furniture, cabinets, and storage boxes that may have blocked the vents to improve airflow. If you cannot open doors or windows, you should utilize the fans and duct systems. Having a quality HVAC system can help to trap allergens
and dust particles, capturing small contaminants from the air.
Replace Office Air Filters
If the air filters of your building HVAC units are clogged, there will be no smooth flow of air. Over time, dust will clog the filters putting the health of your employees at risk. To improve air quality, you should clean the air filters every six months, depending on your system. This will help you keep out all kinds of nasty stuff and pose a threat to indoor air quality.
Be In Control of Humidity Levels
To kill mold, you should maintain the humidity levels between 30-50%. A dehumidifier can help you control the humidity levels in your building. High levels of moisture can quickly build up and can cause problems due to poor air circulation. Use a dehumidifier in areas with poor air circulation like basements, bathrooms, or places that easily harbor allergy-causing substances. Apart from improving indoor air quality in your building, a dehumidifier can lower energy costs as it helps your AC unit work more efficiently.
Take Action Now with Stephens Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning
Keeping the air in your building pure and breathable requires diligence and preventative maintenance. Hopefully, the few steps mentioned above can help you keep your office air quality clean and help reduce indoor pollution. Set an appointment with us today and let us help you take charge of your AC filter replacement and handle other preventive maintenance.