When we step into a building, we expect a variety of things. In the winter, we hope for heat, and in summer, we pray for cool. We hope that there’s adequate lighting and that we’ll be safe in all ways—these are just a few of our instinctual needs.
What happens, when a building—office, restaurant, home, or otherwise—doesn’t meet those needs? You can imagine; people aren’t happy.
In this post, we’ll delve into one aspect of those elements: air quality. From heating to cooling and removing allergens to providing a respite from outside “dirty” air, a building’s air flow and quality prove crucial. Read on to discover more about the importance of quality air flow.
Provides a Fresh Air Exchange
It all really comes down to our health. Breathing in clean air is essential for good health. And since so many people spend their time indoors, especially during this pandemic, we must pay attention to the air flow inside. Solid air flow exchanges “good” air for “bad” or polluted air. Here are some common indoor air pollutants:
- Secondhand smoke
- Combustion pollutants: carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide
Whether in a business or a home, you want to ensure that everyone comes into a space that’s clean and healthy. Things like fresh air exchange systems suck the bad air out and bring in clean air. But even if that’s not possible for you, there are other ways to stay conscious of the air in your space.
How to Maintain
In a previous post, we talked about some simple safety tips for an office, and this is another one to add to the list. Especially during the COVID pandemic, the importance of quality air flow is even more important than it once was. Ensure that your business has airflow measurement and control devices, so you can keep an eye on what’s going well and what needs fixing. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the following:
- Regular air vent checks and maintenance
- Regular air filter replacements
- Air ducts
- Maintaining a healthy level of humidity
These are just a few ways to bring clean air flow into your business or space. Make sure you care for everyone’s basic elements when they step into the room!