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The Importance of Maintaining Good Indoor Air Quality in Commercial Buildings

by Beatrice Lambert

You spend most of your time indoors, and it is essential to breathe in clean air for your overall well-being. Commercial buildings such as schools, hospitals, offices, and shopping centers depend on adequate ventilation and temperature control systems for the comfort of occupants. However, there is more to indoor air quality (IAQ) than temperature control. 

The Importance of Good Indoor Air Quality

The quality of indoor air affects the health and comfort of building occupants. Poor indoor air quality may cause headaches, fatigue, coughing, irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, and aggravate allergies or asthma. Good IAQ improves employee productivity, reduces absenteeism, and improves the overall indoor environment. In commercial buildings, bad IAQ may affect customers, and they might not find a place suitable for carrying out their business or visiting regularly. Therefore, maintaining good IAQ is not only vital for the health and comfort of occupants but also has an impact on business productivity.

Common Indoor Pollutants

The common pollutants that affect indoor air quality can be grouped into biological and chemical pollutants. Biological pollutants include mold, bacteria, viruses, pollen, and other organic materials that may cause respiratory illnesses. Chemical pollutants may come from cleaning supplies, building materials, and office equipment. Common chemical pollutants include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and formaldehyde. It is essential to identify and manage these pollutants to maintain good indoor air quality.

Maintaining Good Indoor Air Quality

Regular heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system maintenance is one of the essential things that a building manager can do to maintain good indoor air quality. Regularly replace air filters and check for clogging or stagnant water in the HVAC system, which may harbor biological pollutants. Increase the amount of outdoor air intake in buildings, improve ventilation, and ensure that air distribution is uniform and adequate for all areas. Maintaining proper humidity levels helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

Education and Awareness

Building occupants play a vital role in the maintenance of good indoor air quality. Educate building occupants on the importance of maintaining good IAQ and enable them to report any IAQ problems experienced promptly. Avoid using pesticides or harsh chemicals known to release VOCs indoors. Establish a regular cleaning schedule and use environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Verification of IAQ levels

The best way to confirm that the IAQ is healthy is by seeking the services of qualified professionals who can test and verify the quality of indoor air. Such professionals have the expertise and tools to identify air quality issues and develop appropriate mitigation strategies. Conducting IAQ audits at regular intervals is an excellent way to maintain consistent IAQ levels and ensure that actions taken to improve air quality have yielded positive results.

To learn more about commercial building indoor air quality, reach out to a local service provider.