Are you struggling with bad air quality at work? Poor air quality can undermine productivity, make people (including customers) uncomfortable in the office, and potentially even pose a health threat depending on the air quality problem. Here is how to improve air quality in your office.
Indoor Air Quality Standards for Office Buildings
Office buildings typically don’t have the air quality concerns that manufacturing or industrial workplaces do. However, you still have a responsibility to meet certain standards for air quality at the workplace. You don’t want poor air quality to impact the health of your employees, visitors, shoppers or tenants.
How can you check air quality in your office? Many professionals offer air quality tests that can help you identify your problem areas and how to improve them.
How to Improve Air Quality in Your Office
Here’s how you can improve air quality in your office without investing in new HVAC equipment:
1. Proper airflow: Take steps to maintain proper airflow. Ensure that all vents and air grilles are free from obstruction. Regularly replace filters in your HVAC equipment and regularly clean ducts.
2. Smoking and pollutants: Have and abide by office air quality policies that limit or prohibit smoking, and limit or prohibit other air pollution sources staff might bring into the building; such as perfume and cologne.
3. Food and garbage: Food and garbage can both undermine air quality. Have office policies in place about properly storing and regularly disposing of food.
4. Handle renovation: Completing renovations can significantly undermine the air quality in your office. Using fans and filters specifically designed for the construction process is best. You can also ask the contractor about their strategy to limit air pollution.
5. Clean filters: The filters in your HVAC equipment will collect dust and debris. Cleaning them regularly will help maintain good air quality.
Enhancing the quality of your air in your workspace is important. To learn more, contact our experts today.
Equipment to Boost Indoor Air Quality
While the above steps are a good start, you may really benefit from new HVAC equipment that actually removes air pollutants from your office. Here are some of your options:
- Local ventilation: Trouble spots, like kitchens and bathrooms, need dedicated ventilation to remove air pollutants.
- Air purifiers: You can get air purifiers for small spaces or for your whole office. They are the best way to remove viruses, bacteria, mold spores, allergens, and other small air contaminants from your whole office.
- Full ventilation: Every office should be equipped with a ventilator that can remove stale air and draw in fresh air, without removing all of the heat (in the winter) or cool (in the summer) from your building. Ventilation does not have to get in the way of energy efficiency.