When is the last time you thought about the indoor air quality of your commercial facility? Managers of commercial businesses can easily notice if their buildings are in need of cleaning or organization, but may not think of air quality as an area to improve on. But did you know that poor indoor air quality can have an impact on the health, well-being, and productivity of the occupants of your facility? Most workers spend the majority of the day indoors, so providing a comfortable and healthy work environment through proper air quality management is important for the overall health and productivity of your business!
What contributes to indoor air quality?
There are many factors that contribute to the overall indoor air quality of a commercial facility. The pollutants in the air, the filtration system, ventilation, moisture and humidity levels, and even the design of the space can affect the quality of air. So while there is not a cure-all solution, there are many ways you can improve the indoor air quality of a space.
How to elevate the indoor air quality of your facility
Manage pollutants: In order to get rid of the pollutants that are in your facility, you need to find the source. Bacteria, fungi, viruses, pollen, dust, smoke, mites, and animal fur/dander are all possible sources that are present in commercial facilities. Establishing rules and protocols for minimizing these potential sources, as well as having certified cleaning professionals clean all areas, including difficult-to-reach high ceilings, fans, and light fixtures, can help prevent air pollution.
Control humidity and moisture: An environment that is high in humidity or has areas that were affected by water spills or leaks are all susceptible to the growth of harmful organisms and contaminants. Keeping the thermostat set at an appropriate temperature can help keep moisture levels controlled and minimize sources for pollutants.
Properly maintain the HVAC system. The HVAC system plays a vital role in the air quality of your facility because the air is constantly being transported through ducts, vents, heating and cooling elements, and filters. Imagine that the air travels through dusty vents and ducts and debris-filled filters. There’s no way that the air will be clean! Regularly having certified professionals clean the HVAC system and replace filters will not only lead to cleaner air but also a better-running system.
Raise awareness - It takes the cooperation of all building occupants to improve the air quality of your facility. Teaching your workers the importance of keeping areas organized, addressing spills and leaks immediately, and scheduling special projects like renovations and constructions at appropriate times to minimize dust and debris are all ways you can spread awareness about improving indoor air quality.
While there are many ways for building occupants to contribute to better indoor air quality, one of the best ways to help your facility have cleaner air is to hire a certified commercial cleaning company. New England Cleaning Services, Inc. has been providing businesses all across the eastern Massachusetts area with high-quality commercial cleaning to maintain facilities that are clean, safe, and sanitary. Our advanced equipment and decades of experience ensures that our cleaning professionals deliver consistent, reliable results! Contact our Waltham, MA office at (781) 890-2000 for more information or to schedule a cleaning today!