December 6, 2022
The rising importance of air purification
Air purification. The global covid-19 pandemic has put a focus on internal air quality. With over 90% of our time spent indoors, its time we addressed the rising need for good quality air within our buildings.
Indoor spaces have gone from being places where we gather to work or socialise to areas of potential danger. Instead of looking forward to entering these places, we now view them with suspicion or question what is being done to prevent virus activity, understandably concerned about our exposure to a life-threatening virus.
What is indoor air pollution?
- Pollutants generated inside a building from building materials, furniture and furnishings, or by activities such as cooking, heating, smoking and use of paints, varnishes, cleaning products, air fresheners, etc.
- Pollutants generated outside a building (by industrial processes, traffic emissions etc.) that migrate indoors through windows or other means of ventilation.
- Natural radon gas that enters buildings from the ground
Why is air quality important?
But lower air quality affects more than just the environment and our health, because when the air quality is poor within a facility it leads to an increase of premature deaths, sickness, absence and lower productivity at work. When absenteeism increases and productivity reduces, and productivity reduces, an organisation can quickly find itself in a circular spin with costs and overheads increasing and a noticeable drop in service and revenue.
Our facilities are the key areas which our teams work every day to keep the cogs turning and the business growing – without the people keeping the cogs turning, our organisations would take a sharp downturn and end up non existent within the market and that is something that nobody wants.
It is known that COVID-19 is highly infectious and that there is an increased risk of transmission through the air especially in enclosed spaces. The smaller droplets from an infected person can travel further inside, thus increasing the risk of infecting others. To minimise that risk and that of transmission, correct ventilation becomes crucial.
Therefore, increasing flow rates of fresh outside air and avoiding re-circulation and transfer of air from one room to another are recommended for COVID-safe environments.
10 ways every facility can improve indoor air quality
1. Let Natural Air In
2. Use Air Purifiers
3. Get Indoor Plants
4. Keep Your Office/Facility Clean
5. Have Your Air Quality Tested
6. Clean & Sanitise Your HVAC Air Ducts Regularly
7. Check Building Materials And Furnishings
8. Maintain A Healthy Level Of Humidity
9. Restrict Smoking In The Facility
10. Clean Spills Immediately