Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality For Commercial Buildings
We spend a good part of our day at work. Roughly eight to nine hours is spent at work, rivalling the amount of time we spend in our home.
While we have control over the environment in our home, we don’t have that same control in our workplace, unless you are the boss.
If you are the boss, then you have a responsibility to provide your employees with proper indoor air quality.
There are many reasons why indoor air quality could be impacted, including what building materials were used, the carpets and how often they have been cleaned, whether there is tobacco smoke, and how good the ventilation of the workplace is. In the workplace, automobile exhaust, cleaning solvents, manufacturing activities, perfumes, scents and other fragrances can all impact the indoor air.
There are several things you can do to improve the air in a workplace, including:
- Providing proper ventilation within the workplace so that asthma and allergies are not exacerbated within a small area.
- Don’t allow tobacco smoke within the workplace, or anywhere near it.
- Deal with cleaning products that don’t have any volatile organic compounds, VOC, in them.
- Keep loading dock doors closed so that there are no emissions coming into the factory building.
- Limit emissions from gas and propane forklifts.
- Limit the amount of chemicals used in cleaning products.
These are simple ways to deal with indoor air quality but it doesn’t always deal with the problems with indoor air. Whenever the air conditioning comes on, or when the furnace comes on, the dust, particles and debris is moved through the air, impacting those with breathing problems.
So, how do you deal with this?
The best way to deal with it is with duct cleaning. Amazingly, duct cleaning is not done as often as it should be. Many businesses will keep workplaces clean, but forget about the ducts. Within the ducts, there are several things that can impact air quality. First, there is dust and particles that collect in ducts from the repeated use of the HVAC system. In addition, if the conditions are right (humidity, heat), then you can have mold. Mold in the office is very harmful and can impact the air quality immensely. As a result, you need to deal with that as the employer.
The best thing you can do is to have the ducts inspected at least once per year. If you do this, you will know of any problems with the ducts, or any debris in them that needs to be dealt with. If the ducts are clean, then you don’t have to worry.
Generally, you can expect to have the ducts cleaned at least once every five years depending on how often the HVAC system is in use. The duct cleaning shouldn’t last more than a few hours, depending on the size of the building and how extensive the duct system is. All in all, getting ducts cleaned is one of the best things you can do to improve indoor air quality in the workplace.
Whether your building is used for personal or commercial use, the need for clean air indoors is the same.
We spend an average of 90% of our time inside; and the air indoors contains many pollutants that may be hazardous to our health.We offer ideas and solutions for the cleansing of the air in your building, making it safer for you, your employees, and your tenants.
With the help of the Canary Air Quality Assurance®, Climate Works will determine the quality of the air in your space. We offer ideas and solutions for the cleansing of the air making it safer.
Please talk to us about:
- Air purifiers and exchangers
- Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRVs)
- Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERVs);
and let us know how we can help.