Whether you’re at home or at work, indoor air quality (IAQ) is important to people. It can affect their health and comfort. For businesses, it can ultimately affect your bottom line. A study at Harvard University found even modest improvement of indoor quality in the workplace will have a “profound impact on the decision-making performance of workers.” According to other studies, poor indoor air quality can essentially lead to increased absenteeism, reduced productivity and potential safety hazards. There are a few ways to improve indoor air quality in your commercial space. Here are four suggestions:

Install a proper ventilation system

Proper ventilation is important to improve indoor air quality because it will provide the building with a constant flow of fresh air. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, harmful pollutants can get sealed inside without proper ventilation. There are also ventilation strategies available that can improve energy efficiency and optimize the system’s ability to function effectively. The strategy will vary depending on the needs of the customer and how the business operates.

Conduct regular inspections

Testing your HVAC system regularly will ensure the system lasts longer. A thorough inspection will give you an opportunity to make small fixes before they become full-blown problems and costly issues. By getting regular tests and inspections, you’ll also be able to keep better track of the overall health of the system.

Clean air ducts

Contaminants can start to build in the air ducts over time, which is why it’s important to get them cleaned out regularly to help improve indoor air quality. Some of the contaminants can include mold, dust, chemicals or bacteria. It’s important those contaminants aren’t just sitting in your air ducts for long periods of time, which can lead to illness.

Ultraviolet solutions to improve indoor air quality

Ultraviolet lights can improve air quality by eliminating contaminants around your HVAC system and essentially purifying the air. The UV light can be installed inside the air duct of the HVAC system to sterilize the air handler coil or inside the return air duct to sterilize the circulating air. The way it works is that the UV light kills cells by destroying their DNA.

There are a host of solutions that can address improving air quality in the commercial space from a preventative plan to a separate IAQ testing option. Air Ideal provides a wide array of services that can help support your business goals. If you’d like to learn more about the topic or our services, please contact us.