Short and Long Term Tips for Improving Air Quality
In today’s world, improving your commercial building goes beyond just adding a new roof or fresh coat of paint to the outside. Clean air on the inside will not only enhance indoor comfort, but also becomes a significant benefit you can take all the way to the bank. Studies show that property tenants and prospective buyers want to live and work in buildings where extra care and consideration has been taken to improve air quality. Why not familiarize yourself with the practical suggestions and latest HVAC technology you can use to make your building clean, safe, and extra comfortable?
Immediate Steps You Can Take Towards Improving Air Quality:
Set no smoking rules in the building. It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway!) Smoke is bad news inside, period. Make sure anyone coming inside your building understands it’s a non-negotiable rule.
Replace higher pile carpets with low pile ones or even floor mats. You’ll reduce the amount of dust, debris and dander being tracked around inside, while making floor coverings easier to vacuum and keep clean.
Consider swapping out toxic cleaning sprays and liquids for more natural, less irritant-laden formulations. Speak with your cleaning crew to review what products they’re currently using, and possible alternatives that won’t leave smells and chemical gasses lingering inside.
Long Term HVAC Habits and Equipment to Consider Now:
Change your air filters regularly. Clean air filters mean cleaner air. Replace yours often.
Improve ventilation. Note: this goes far beyond just opening a window. In past years an air-tight commercial building was seen as a boon for energy efficiency. Today, it’s understood that ventilation is important for air quality and overall air safety. In Southern California, it’s also a way to reduce humidity and its consequences (mold, mildew or worse). A well-designed and properly maintained HVAC system can greatly assist with proper air exchange throughout your building. Consult with your HVAC specialist to find out how you can improve ventilation throughout the year.
Consider a UV light system to kill germs, viruses, bacteria and more as they pass through your HVAC system. Once exclusively used in hospital and clean room environments, these products can now be installed in your air handling units, ductwork, fan coils and more, depending on your needs. It’s a great way to limit the number of contaminants in your building’s indoor air.
Enjoy indoor comfort with clean indoor air. Your tenants, and employees will thank you, and you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your indoor comfort is safe, too.