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By Jessica Ting • September 27, 2019

All Things Air: Maintaining Your Facility’s Air Quality

Did you know that the air quality indoors can have higher amounts of pollutants than the air outdoors?

Protect your facility's air qualityIf you are like many Americans, you could be spending up to 90% of your day inside, with many hours spent in an office or other work environment. Since indoor air pollutants can lead to poor health and even illness, taking the steps to maintain your facility’s air quality is a no-brainer way to keep you and your employees healthier and more productive. 

You might be wondering what factors affect the air quality and pollutant levels in a building. The most common ones, according to the EPA, are: “sources of pollutants or odors; design, maintenance, and operation of building ventilation systems; [and] moisture and humidity.”

As you begin thinking about how to boost your facility’s air quality, you may want to consider adding the following pieces of equipment to your workplace:

 

Humidifier

In the winter, dry air steals moisture from the human body, resulting in a higher likelihood of dry skin, chapped lips, and nose bleeds. Also, the flu virus tends to survive longer in environments with low humidity, which is one of the reasons that the flu tends to spike in the winter. By adding humidifiers to your work facilities, you can not only increase the comfort level of your employees but also potentially decrease the number of days your team needs to take off for health-related reasons.

If your team is constantly changing to different worksites, you may want to invest in a portable humidifier that you can transport around. However, for more permanent worksites, installing a humidifier within your HVAC system can help improve the air quality across different rooms, since the humidifier is increasing the moisture of all the air that is flowing around the building.

 

Air Purifiers

In addition to changing the air filters in your HVAC system regularly, adding air purifiers to your facility will further improve the quality of air that you and your employees are breathing on a regular basis. Air purifiers are designed to get rid of allergens and other airborne pollutants from the rooms that they are installed in.

If your worksite frequently has unpleasant odors like cigarette smoke, you can consider adding a SmokeStop filter that relies on active carbon to absorb and remove strong smells.

 

Ventilation Fans

If you are looking to meet Green Building Standards ventilation requirements, installing ventilation fans might be the answer you are looking for. According to Proud Green Homes, “ventilation fans bring fresh, filtered air from outdoors into the home, and helps create balanced ventilation in tightly built, energy-efficient” facilities.

As you shop around for ventilation fans, you may want to double-check whether the products you are looking at have high-capacity motors that minimize the noise level. The last thing you want in your workplace is an unending continuous buzzing noise that distracts your team.

At ACTION Unlimited Resources, we know that selecting the right products and equipment for your worksite can be challenging. Our team has years and years of experience working with small businesses to supply them with facility maintenance equipment, and we would love to partner with you next.

We are currently offering a free site analysis, where we work with you to understand your business goals and needs so that we can bring our expertise to help you decide on the best products that fit your needs at the lowest overall cost.