For many businesses, indoor air quality was an afterthought. If people complained, they might have brought someone in to check and replace air filters in the HVAC system. However, as businesses look toward reopening (or staying open) in this new normal, air quality is a prominent issue. Luckily, there are simple office filtration upgrades available on the market to make this process easier.
It’s important to note that air quality affects the productivity of everyone in the space. Less productive workers means a less profitable business. When employees are less concerned or affected by the air they’re breathing, they can instead have peace of mind and focus on their work. Air quality also affects the overall health of everyone in the space. With cold and flu season continuing in a COVID world, you might wonder what you can do to improve the air quality in your office space. Keep reading for a couple helpful tips and office filtration upgrades.
Up Your Filtration Game
You can’t see most things that contribute to poor air quality in an office. However, build-up of harmful indoor air pollutants happens quickly and leaves everyone in the office miserable. There are a plethora of particles circulating through poorly filtered air at any given time, including chemicals, pollutants and allergens. One thing that helps air quality is upgrading to high-efficiency air filters.
Many buildings use MERV 8 filters, which help reduce pollutants like mold spores and animal dander. However, upping your filtration game to MERV-13 filters allows your system to trap both smaller sized pollutants and better capture and eliminate all pollutants. MERV-13’s successfully reduce pollutants like smoke, dust and droplets from a sneeze. They can help reduce the spread of illnesses in your office when paired with other precautions, such as hand sanitizer, wearing masks and social distancing.
Keep Carpets Clean
Much as they do in a home, carpets in an office serve as a trap for various pollutants and particulates. The catch is that those carpets can also serve as another source of poor air quality. Carpets need regular and thorough cleanings that remove leftover pollutants and particulates.
Vacuum cleaners that use HEPA filters help a lot in terms of keeping air quality killers out of circulation. You should also consider having carpets professionally scrubbed periodically to pull out ground-in dirt and particulates. Keeping carpets as clean as possible will serve as one more layer of air quality control in your office.
Support Office Filtration Upgrades
Taking any step that improves indoor air quality in your office will make reopening easier. It will also make your office colleagues or staff happier and safer. Upgrading air filters to MERV-13 helps remove most of the unsavory things from the air that negatively affects indoor air quality. If the office you work at, own or manage needs indoor air quality help, please contact us. We’d be happy to make recommendations or connect you with local indoor air quality specialists.