It is often said, “You are what you eat.” Similarly, you are what you breathe. In an office environment, the air that your employees breathe in can often affect morale, your brand, and ultimately your bottom line, especially if your indoor air quality is not healthy. Approximately 50 million people nationwide are estimated to have nasal allergies, and allergies are also the sixth leading cause of chronic illness. Fortunately, there are simple ways to keep allergy sufferers comfortable and productive in the office by maximizing the indoor air quality.
One easy solution for a dusty, pollen-filled office environment is to install a new, fresh set of replacement HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) filters. These filters trap the spores, pet hair, pollen, and other allergens that come in from the outside, linger in the air, and coat desks and devices. Also make sure your janitorial contractor is using HEPA filter vacuums and dust-controlled burnishers. Once these filters are installed, your contractor should inspect them regularly, especially during peak allergy seasons, such as spring and fall. When they become saturated with pollen, particles and mold, it’s time to replace them. In fact, checking the filters at the end of each quarter would maintain optimal benefits from your HVAC systems.
Remove filters that are currently in place and measure them carefully. A filter that is too small will not capture as many “offending” allergens, and one that is too large will prevent adequate air circulation. Rating systems like MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value), based on a filter’s thickness, will help to make the right decision on which filter to purchase (the thicker the better, within limits).
Don’t be surprised to find that your current HVAC equipment requires a unique filter size; one that’s not usually in stock and typically difficult to locate at retail. As businesses’ and consumers’ concerns about indoor air quality have increased, there have been rapid innovations in HVAC solutions. Reputable companies, such as C-K Control Temp, can help you to find the right HVAC systems and filters to meet your needs.
Pay close attention to your indoor air…it will sharpen your employees’ competitive edge by maximizing their health and morale.