The air we breathe in our offices, schools, and businesses is often polluted with air pollutants such as formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides—all of which can be harmful to our health. Although most people don’t realize it, the building in which they work could be causing them allergies or other illnesses like asthma and pneumonia. Luckily, there are some easy changes you can make to reduce your facility’s air pollution and improve your employees’ air quality and well-being. The following 10 tips will help you get started today!
1) Do Allergy Awareness
Having a space that doesn’t have good air quality can contribute to an uncomfortable work environment. But with some simple precautions, it’s easy to reduce your employees’ chances of experiencing allergic reactions while at work.
2) Change Filter Filters
It is crucial for your facility’s health and wellness that you maintain a clean, safe environment for your employees. A dirty filter can lead to many hazardous problems including damage caused by air restriction and harmful bacteria growth. To avoid these risks, change filters regularly!
3) Use Green Cleaning Products
If you’re committed to a healthy and sustainable building environment, you should think about committing to green cleaning products. Green cleaners are created with natural and less toxic ingredients, so they break down faster than traditional cleaning products, meaning they won’t pollute your air quality as much.
4) Incorporate Plants
Plants are a natural way to add color and life to your facility. Not only will they liven up the place, but they can also help with air quality by absorbing pollutants such as carbon dioxide. Consider adding plants in places like stairwells or next to air vents.
5) Clean Indoor Air Exhaust Fans
An air intake and exhaust fan can help improve your building’s air quality by removing unwanted contaminants, such as allergens, cooking oils, and smoke. When air moves through these devices it creates turbulence that destroys particles. When combined with a HEPA filter, an intake and exhaust fan removes almost all particulate matter from the incoming airstream.
6) Update HVAC Systems
HVAC systems are an integral part of ensuring that the air quality of your facility is healthy and conducive to a productive environment. Ask any restaurant or office building owner, and they will tell you that HVAC systems need regular maintenance just like other mechanical equipment.
While this may be true, it can be a cost burden for some businesses. Luckily, there are ways you can improve your current HVAC system while also preventing costly breakdowns in the future.
7) Wash Pipes and Vents
-Wash pipes and vents. Regularly clean and wash pipe and vents, as they accumulate dust that can lead to mold or fungus growth.
-Clean floors, walls, and ceilings. Keep all surfaces free of dust, dirt, food waste or grime that can become airborne when someone sweeps or vacuums them up. Encourage everyone in your building to wipe their feet before coming inside on rainy days so that they don’t track in outside contaminants such as fungus spores.
8) Be Aware of Dangerous Chemicals
In your facility, there are always chemicals present and they have various effects on indoor air quality. Some of these chemicals are harmless while others are deadly if they’re exposed to humans or other living creatures. The ones that pose a risk may vary by country. These risks can be addressed by limiting human exposure and educating employees on safe practices for handling chemicals.
9) Change Dust Mites Habitat (bedding, bedspreads, mattresses, etc.)
Dust mites feed on organic materials, including the dead skin cells that build up on surfaces in your home. Vacuum regularly, thoroughly dust and clean high-traffic areas like upholstery, and change bedding often. Wash bedspreads and bed sheets at least every two weeks to keep dust mites from feeding on more skin cells. Cover mattresses with fitted sheets or washable mattress pads; consider using encasements designed for allergy relief.
10) Eliminate Odors
Odors can be caused by a variety of things including mold, mildew, pets, cooking and tobacco smoke. In order to eliminate odors it’s important to know where they are coming from. For example, if your pet is causing an odor make sure you clean their litter box on a regular basis. And if you notice a lingering cooking smell try opening windows or turning on exhaust fans in your kitchen. Whatever odor you’re dealing with we hope these tips have helped!