Improve Indoor Air Quality For Better Health and Wellbeing
Indoor air pollution is often neglected the most, but the truth is, it is just as bad - or even worse - than it is outdoors. With the average American spending 87% of their life indoors, it is imperative for a facility manager and business owner to keep the indoor air quality in check!
In this blog, we will discuss some measures for preventative maintenance and immediate steps that you can take to improve your indoor air quality today.
Here are some easy things that you can do to improve the air quality inside your facility:
Change Air Filters Of Your AC.
Air-conditioning systems are constantly working all year round to give your facility that perfect temperature. Over time, your units' air filters fill up with common air pollutants while filtering out the indoor air. This clogging not only takes a toll on your indoor air quality but also wears down your AC system, leading to expensive repairs down the road. Therefore, you should always timely change your AC filters.
Change Air Filters On Other Appliances.
Just like air filters on your air conditioner, other appliances in your facility like the vacuum cleaner, clothes dryer, and kitchen vents have air filters. To improve the air quality in your facility, ensure that these filters are in good health and maintained periodically.
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Clean Your Air Ducts.
To maintain a comfortable climate in every room, air ducts are responsible for distributing hot and cold air throughout your facility. But inappropriately installed or insufficiently maintained ducts can distribute contaminants through rooms with the air. Over time, the overall air quality is compromised because dust, dander, and even mold can accumulate in your ducts. Hire a professional HVAC technician to ensure your ducts are circulating fresh, clean air.
Keep Your Rugs And Carpets Clean.
Rugs and carpets act as air filters and play a significant role in trapping dust and other particles in their many fibers, increasing the comfort of your facility. To keep leveraging them to the fullest, clean them weekly, and they will ensure improved air quality just by lying there!
Avoid Air Fresheners.
Most air fresheners add to indoor pollution by releasing potentially hazardous pollutants, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes, in indoor air. These VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat and cause headaches and nausea.
To keep your space fresh, use natural air fresheners such as essential oils, coffee, etc.
Control Humidity In Your Facility.
Humid and moist conditions are huge contributors to the growth of mold and mildew. These microorganisms trigger respiratory issues like allergies and asthma. This issue is more prevalent in hot summer months because of increased humidity levels in the air. Using a dehumidifier in your facility to reduce humidity and curb the growth of irritating molds is a good choice. These devices maintain consistent humidity levels and create comfortable living and working conditions in your facility.
Winters Call For Humidifiers.
The ideal relative indoor humidity in the winter season should be 35 percent. However, the humidity in many indoor spaces drops to 25 percent or lower during winters. This results from low outdoor temperatures and fast evaporation due to forced-air heating systems. Such a condition leads to dried and irritating eyes, skin and poses a risk of cold, flu, and other infections. Installing a humidifier is a great way to kill germs, moisten your nasal passages, and create a comfortable living and working space.
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Having Indoor Plants Can Freshen Up The Indoor Air.
Plants are natural air filters. Having some indoor plants can do wonders to improve the indoor air quality in your facility while elevating your facility's overall ambiance. Some of the best options could be small plants like ferns and lilies to pull contaminants out of the air.
Bring In Fresh Air.
Improving the air quality in your facility can be as simple as opening windows for ventilation. However, this certainly depends on the weather, humidity, pollution, pollen levels, and other local factors outside.
Invest In An Air Purifier
Microparticles such as dust and pollen are impossible to clean because you don't see them, and this is why investing in an air purifier is a good idea. These machines trap and remove almost 100% of pollutants. They draw in dirty air, filter it and then release it back into the space, much cleaner and fresher. Having air purifiers in your facility is very helpful, particularly during the peak hay fever season from May to July.
If you are looking for an air purifier, make sure it has a high CADR (clean air delivery rate) to ensure faster filtration.
Enforce No-Smoking Policy Inside Your Facility
Second-hand smoke from smoking cigarettes releases nearly 7,000 plus chemicals. These toxic airborne particles remain at harmful levels for up to five hours and can leave you, your employees, or customers with irritating eyes, nose, throat, lungs, and sometimes headaches, nausea, and dizziness. In severe cases, asthma attacks can be triggered by exposure to such hazardous pollutants. This is why it is advisable to keep your facility a no-smoking zone. Alternatively, you can designate a separate, well-ventilated area for smoking.
Need Help With Your Facility?
We hope you found this blog helpful. These practices can help you reduce indoor air pollution for small or medium spaces. But, if you are a facility manager or a business owner looking for preventative maintenance to keep the indoor air in your facility pure and breathable, contact ProServices Supply. We offer professional HVAC services and have a range of service plans that include AC filter replacement and more to help keep your air clean. Schedule an appointment today and speak with one of our experts to discuss the action plan for your facility. Moreover, you can also check out our extensive range of affordable Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers and Air purifiers from our online store