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Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Offices

Posted on April 28, 2014
by Susana Escamilla

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The beginning of Spring has been the season where more and more individuals have been trying to improve their indoor air quality. Although we might spend the majority of our time at home, more than half of the population stay indoor but in their workplace. Many work in an office environment and spend most of their mornings and afternoons in an office. If you work in an indoor environment most of the day, you want to be comfortable. We have talked about tips on how to reduce air pollution in office environments, and today we want to address how as a team, employers can resolve air quality problems.Air quality should be one of the main priorities for building managers. However, the building manager and those who work in the environment can work as a team. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given a list of how you can resolve air quality problems:

  • HVAC system operation and maintenance: Operate the ventilation system in a manner consistent with its design. Perform maintenance and inspections on a regular basis, as prescribed by the manufacturer.
  • Record keeping: Maintain records of all HVAC system problems, as well as routine maintenance and inspection activities. Document the nature of complaints concerning the indoor air environment, as well as steps taken to remedy each complaint. These records may be useful in solving future problems.
  • Pollution control: Identify pollution sources. Implement source removal or special ventilation techniques including restrictions on smoking).
  • Occupant activities: Eliminate practices which may restrict air movement (e.g., furniture placement relative to air vents).
  • Building maintenance activities: Increase ventilation rates during periods of increased pollution, e.g., during painting, renovation, and pesticides use; schedule use of pollutant sources to minimize the impact on indoor air quality.
  • Ventilation standards and codes: Keep abreast of revisions to ventilation standards and building codes affected by those standards.
  • Energy conservation: Reexamine energy conservation practices with regard to indoor air quality considerations, employee health, and productivity costs

The health of employees and the comfort of employees should be the top priority for companies. Keeping that in mind can reduce lesser sick days, productivity costs, and energy costs. If you need any indoor air solutions, contact us. AIRTEK provides commercial air duct cleaning and indoor air quality services for many industries.

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