The quality of indoor air in your office space is an important concern. Since you probably don't open windows in the office to allow for increased air circulation, pollutants and allergens can build up and cause odors and irritation. This can affect the health of your employees. Here's a look at why indoor air has such poor quality in an office and what you can do about it.
Factors That Affect Indoor Air Quality
Air quality is a problem for old buildings and new buildings alike. Construction requirements mandate how much air circulation is required when the building is built. This requirement has changed over time. Requirements were low in previous decades during energy crunches, and that's why older buildings often have such poor air quality. New buildings allow for more air circulation, but they still have problems with air quality due to outgassing from building materials used in recent construction.
Also, your office space probably has computers and copiers. These can affect the air in your building. There might be mold spores, dust, and germs accumulating and spreading through the air. An open office space keeps people in close contact and exposes workers to perfume, stale cigarette odors, and other irritants from coworkers. All of these things can create indoor air that is more polluted than the outdoor air. Fortunately, you can install an air purification system to reduce this problem and improve air quality.
Air Purification Systems That Improve Indoor Air
There are several types of air purification systems to consider, so understanding your needs is important. Some units scrub the air and are ideal for buildings that manufacture things and create toxic gases and dust. A building that has only offices may only need a system that filters the air and removes odors. If you only control the office space in a small portion of the building, you can buy a small air purifier that's rated for the square footage of your office. Other air purification systems may treat all the air in the entire building.
Look for a purification system with a HEPA filter, as this type of filter is effective at removing tiny particulates from the air, such as dust, pollen, and other allergens. An activated carbon filter is useful for filtering out chemicals and gasses in the air. It can also filter large particulates, so buying an air purification system with a HEPA filter and activated carbon filter combined could be the best solution. The carbon filter removes gases and traps large particles before they reach the HEPA filter, so the HEPA filter has a longer life. The HEPA filter then removes small particles so purified air is circulated back into your office space.
Whether you own a large office building and want to improve air quality in the entire building or you just want to treat your small office space, you can find an air purification system that works. A professional, like those at PURE LIGHT CLEAN AIR SERVICES LLC, can help you choose the right system based on size and type of contaminants so your employees have improved air quality in the space where they spend a large portion of their days.