Believe it or not, inhaling office air can harm your employees. You must make your business’s office building a safe place, both for the sake of everyone’s health and for the longevity of your business. Here are some ways you can improve air quality.
- 1 How Poor Air Quality Threatens Employee Health
- 2 Have Professional Duct Cleaning Done
A building’s ductwork commonly contains dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, gasses, pest feces, and other nasty things.
Inhaling these things can cause eye, nose, and mouth irritation, inhalant allergy symptoms, asthma attacks, and respiratory infections. Breathing in air pollution, pathogens and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be deadly.
VOCs are in photocopiers, cleaning products, air fresheners, vinyl flooring, carpet, adhesives, paint, and many other items found in modern buildings.
Short-term exposure to VOCs causes dizziness, asthma attacks, vomiting, headaches, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Long-term exposure to VOCs can damage the central nervous system, liver, and/or kidneys. It can also cause cancer.
While a modern lifestyle may make you spend significant amounts of time near VOCs, clean air would keep many air-borne toxins out of your lungs.
If it’s been a few years since you’ve had your company’s air ducts cleaned, you need to contact a professional duct cleaning service. To find one search for “Toronto duct cleaning,” if you live in the area. A good duct cleaning service would have state-of-the-art equipment.
Their expert team would clean dust, debris, moisture, and all manner of things from both your air ducts and HVAC system. Their professional sanitizing equipment would also remove molds, mildews, and soil fungi.
Air purification systems keep the air in your place of business as clean as possible between HVAC system/air duct cleanings.
That’s because they run interference when nasty air-borne things enter your HVAC system through the return vent. To keep your HVAC system and air ducts clean between cleanings, you’ll need to have a commercial-grade air purification system installed when you have your HVAC system and air ducts cleaned.
High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are one popular type of air purification system. These filters are especially useful in businesses where incidents of COVID-19 transmission are high. HEPA filters filter out the matter as small as .01 microns.
Since the COVID-19 virus is 0.125 microns, HEPA filters reduce the transmission of this virus by capturing the virus and keeping it out of air circulation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that businesses also use portable HEPA air cleaners in rooms where people with a high likelihood of having this virus congregate.
An Iwave Ionizer air purification system can keep COVID-19 out of your company’s air circulation. An Iwave Ionizer creates positive and negative ions in equal amounts, taking hydrogen out of the molecules. This is how it breaks down contaminants.
It breaks down other viruses too, along with bacteria, mold, smoke, allergens, pollutants, and contaminants.
Even light can destroy harmful microscopic things through high-intensity radiation. Ultraviolet light destroys the nucleic acid within viruses, bacteria, germs, and other airborne contaminants.
You would need to use commercial-grade bulbs in your air purification system to keep the air clean in a commercial setting like yours.
Microscopic, toxic things can accumulate in air ducts and within an HVAC system. They would circulate throughout your company, causing illness, until you have your air ducts and HVAC system cleaned and an air purification system installed.