November 1st, 2019 by admin
As winter is approaching, people often put their air quality control on the back burner since allergy season is over. But people become more prone to illness during colder periods due to suppression of the immune system caused by weather changes. On average, we spend about 90% of our time indoors during the colder months. Indoor environments, especially those occupied by numerous people, such as office buildings, schools, and stores, can have higher than normal levels of pollutants in the atmosphere. As a result, they become breeding grounds for viruses like the cold and flu. For this reason, businesses should be focusing on air quality within their facilities now more than ever. In this post, we will cover the importance of air quality and simple ways to improve your environment.
Air quality within your surroundings has a tremendous impact on overall well-being and job performance. The EPA ranks air quality as the most critical environmental health problem with even well-kept buildings running into air quality issues from time to time. Air quality is not as simple as you may think. Temperature control, moisture, humidity, among other factors, affect contamination levels.
What factors contribute to bad air quality?
The quality of air within a building is a shared responsibility, and it can be hard to pinpoint the cause of the issue. Problems can range from building management issues like lack of maintenance to the HVAC system, outside air being brought in mechanically, or inadequate ventilation caused by older structures, converted warehouses, and industrial facilities. Tenants and occupants could also be the culprit, with unregulated renovations, unclean furnishings, cleanliness, and general housekeeping. Improving the overall air conditions depends largely on the cooperation of everyone who works in the building.
Ways to improve office indoor air quality
Fortunately, fixing the quality of the air condition is inexpensive and can easily be corrected through diligence and the cooperation of everyone within the building. Here are some things you can do to fix the matter:
- Notify your building manager as soon as you suspect an air quality issue
- Immediately dispose of waste and garbage properly
- Don't block any ventilation systems
- Clean-up moisture spots like liquid or water spills
- Report any leaks
- Comply with in-office standards and regulations
If your business or facility is suffering from an air quality problem, we can help. At Spectrum Environmental Services, we offer 24/7 remediation and quality control services that can find and solve air quality problems fast. So your employees are working in a safe and sound environment.