Concerned indoor air quality (IAQ) issues are effecting your business? Commercial HVAC service companies hear a lot about air quality in the workplace these days, with employees frequently speculating as to whether the indoor environment in which they spend so much of their time is effecting their health.
Basic Factors You Should Know Surrounding IAQ Concerns
Health related complaints pointing a finger at poor indoor air quality typically mimic cold and flu symptoms: Sinus issues, congestion, sneezing, throat or eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and even asthma flare-ups. These should be of particular concern when shared among multiple employees.
Identifying Sources Linked to Poor Indoor Air Quality
Contaminants in the workplace can originate from a number of sources within and without the building, including:
- Dust (& Dust Mites)
Dust accumulates from a variety of sources, and is easily distributed by commercial heating and air conditioning systems when filters are left filthy and not routinely replaced. This is commonly a cause of HVAC system malfunction, and uncovered when the commercial HVAC repair contractor troubleshoots system issues.
- Pollen & Animal Dander
Dragged in on shoes and clothes from outdoors, or in the case of dander, employee homes, these contaminants can also be distributed via dirty HVAC filters and duct work.
- Mold and Fungi
Dirt/debris buildup in duct work, coupled with poor humidity control, inadequate ventilation, as well as hidden leaks in building structure and plumbing, can all quickly lead to dangerous mold proliferation.
- Viruses and Bacteria
Airborne viruses/bacteria have been shown to distribute more easily in poorly ventilated buildings, including Legionella, a potentially deadly bacteria associated with the stagnant warm water of poorly maintained systems.
- Pest Debris and Droppings
Infestation of system components by disease and allergy inducing rodents, roaches, etc. can cause a host of health issues.
- Cleaning Chemicals, Pesticides, & Office Equipment
Cleansers, pesticides, printers, furnishings, tobacco smoke, fragrances/cosmetics, exhaust fumes from combustion appliances (carbon monoxide), and more can emit harmful vapors/VOCs that negatively affect occupant health.
Ways to Control Indoor Air Quality
- Upgraded Air Filters
Upgrading to a HEPA filtration system, incorporated into your current HVAC system alongside a UV light air purifier, can filter out a wider range of contaminants than the average filter. True HEPA filters, denoted by a MERV rating of 17-19, remove 99.97% (or more) of airborne particulates, greatly improving IAQ.
- Increased Ventilation
Good building ventilation design and proper exhaust is essential to safeguarding indoor air quality.
- Regular Duct Inspection/Cleaning
Regular inspection of ducts can quickly identify and address mold proliferation and pest infestation issues that negatively impact health.
The addition of a dehumidifier can thwart moisture-related issues, including mold, bacteria, and dust mite proliferation, as well as improve employee comfort, keeping humidity levels in check (30-50% RH).
- Proper System Maintenance
Regular professional inspection and maintenance of all system components is essential to ensuring proper system function, a building free of contaminants, and good indoor air quality.
Ensure productivity with a work environment that is healthy and safe. Address indoor air quality issues promptly with the help of the best commercial HVAC company in New Jersey. Contact H&H Commercial Services today.