The Air Quality in your office isn’t something you think of a lot, but you should. You spend a lot of time in your office. For a lot of us, that is 8 hours per day, 40 hours a week, 2,080 hours per year. And we breathe that office air all that time. Makes you wonder what the quality of that air you are breathing is, doesn’t it?
Poorly Maintained HVAC
Your HVAC system sucks air in from outside, cools it, and then forces it through ducts into your building. Whatever is in the air outside comes along on the journey into your office. Most HVAC systems have filters, but if you aren’t properly maintaining your system, then you probably aren’t changing those filters enough. And when the filters start to get clogged, not only does your HVAC system have to work harder, it also ends up blowing that debris off the filter in to your office air.
Another problem with poorly maintained HVAC systems is that posture build up can start to corrode parts of the system. This corrosion then causes the break down of metallic components and the particles that are created by that breakdown end up circulating in the air.
Dirty Air Ducts
We just talked about your HVAC system, and all that stuff that it is blowing around. Some of it collects along the walls of your air ducts. As these ducts get dirtier and dirtier, the HVAC has to push harder and harder to move air through your office. When it starts pushing harder, it starts picking up these particles again and pushing them out with the air. As if that wasn’t bad enough, for the months that those particles have been sitting on the walls of your air ducts in a cool, moist, dark place, they have been the perfect breeding ground for fungus, spores and bacteria.
Naturally Dissolving Materials
Everything dissolves, everything decays, everything falls apart. Some, much more slowly then others. When we go about our day to day activities, we create friction that breaks particles off of whatever we come into contact with. Our shows rip fibers off of carpets, tile floors act like sandpaper on our rubber soled shoes. Pencils release graphite dust as we write, and the objects we move across our desks shave particles off of the wooden surface. Even our skin cells break away into dust as we impact other objects. All of these particles are swept up into the air currents caused by our breathing and the AC in our office. That air movement carries all the particles around, blends them into a particle stew that we then breathe in.
Doors and Windows
In most offices, people come and go throughout the day. Door open and close. Windows may remain shut, but they usually aren’t airtight. Outside air comes in. And with it, car exhaust, pollen, and any other number of pollutants comes drifting in as well. What is the air quality in your city? it is worse in your office. Every year, air pollution causes the premature deaths of between 5.5 million and 7 million people, making it more deadly than HIV, traffic accidents and diabetes combined.
If you want to improve the air quality of your office, you need to make sure you have a quality maintenance program for your HVAC system and air ducts, as well as proper cleaning and sanitization services for your office. Call BRAVO! Group Services, and we can set up an appointment to look over your office and come up with a good plan that will improve your air quality, reduce sick days, and fit your budget.