As businesses navigate the first financial quarter of 2022, indoor air quality (IAQ) should continue to be a top consideration for building and facilities managers as they plan for the months to come. With the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its variants still in place, managers will need to identify and implement the most effective solutions for improving indoor air quality, reducing the spread of airborne particles, and maintaining healthier commercial workplaces overall.
Indoor air quality has never been more important to the health, safety, and general well-being of building occupants. In this article, we’ll discuss ways that you can achieve a healthier commercial workplace for your employees through smarter HVAC approaches to air regulation and purification.
- Top Challenges of Indoor Air Quality
- Solutions for Improving Indoor Air Quality in Commercial Workplaces
- Professional IAQ Solutions for a Healthier Commercial Workplace
Top Challenges of Indoor Air Quality
When a commercial HVAC system is well-built and properly maintained, indoor air quality and overall building comfort can be improved significantly. However, failure to implement a robust preventive maintenance plan for your heating and cooling equipment can mean significant health consequences for building occupants – especially for the immunocompromised.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental hazards to human health. In addition, outside factors like climate change can exacerbate indoor air pollution by encouraging the growth of mold and increasing the number of dust mites, bacteria, and other contaminants throughout the building.
Solutions for Improving Indoor Air Quality in Commercial Workplaces
Commercial Air Duct Cleaning
Maintaining clean air ducts is crucial to optimal indoor air quality in commercial buildings. Particulate matter and other harmful airborne pollutants accumulate over time due to the constant, day-to-day use of your commercial HVAC system. As a result, added or lingering moisture in the air further contributes to the spread of mold, in turn increasing the likelihood of disease and decreasing employee productivity.
Proper Building and Office Ventilation
The health and comfort of building occupants can be significantly improved by increasing the amount of fresh air entering the building, as well as controlling pollution levels, smells, temperature, humidity, and other elements through proper ventilation. A commercial HVAC technician will be able to support you in implementing advanced ventilation strategies that will improve indoor air quality quickly and efficiently.
Regular Air Quality Testing
Once you’ve achieved optimal indoor air quality for your building, regular air quality testing will ensure consistency. Incorporate frequent testing into your annual audit, or work with a certified HVAC professional as part of a personalized preventive maintenance program.
Professional IAQ Solutions for a Healthier Commercial Workplace
When building and facilities managers take steps to improve indoor quality and maintain healthier commercial workplaces, employees and businesses are better positioned for success. Contact the Donnelly team today to start implementing an IAQ improvement plan that will protect your employees well into the rest of the year.