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Indoor Air Quality in Surrey – Tips For Enhancing the Air Quality in Your Office

Author: Seller Ben
by Seller Ben
Posted: Jun 15, 2014

According to environmental experts, the air inside office buildings and workplaces can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside. Office indoor environments typically contain many sources of air pollution, such as cleaning products, heating appliances, biological contaminants like fungal spores, dust mites and moulds, tobacco smoke, air fresheners, office equipment and products and more. Also, as outdoor air makes its way into workplaces, it can bring contaminants indoors as well.

When office buildings have poor ventilation, various air pollutants from these sources could accumulate to harmful levels and can cause health problems, such as headaches, eye problems, respiratory infections, general fatigue, trouble concentrating, allergies and even serious conditions, such as cancer. It’s, therefore, extremely important that the indoor air that you’re breathing in your workplace doesn’t have a negative impact on your health and that of your colleagues or employees.

Tips for Improving Air Quality

Make sure that your office air conditioning and other building systems are regularly maintained and cleaned. A well-designed, well-maintained and efficient air conditioning system helps deliver safe and healthy indoor air quality.

Many indoor air pollutants come from the office products we use, including cleaning products. Ensure that you’re using only non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products and avoid the use of air fresheners. If you work in an office building that hires a professional cleaning service, contact building management to discuss and implement safe cleaning products and techniques, as well as safe ways to control pests.

If you have some high moisture areas in your workplace, make sure that these areas are well ventilated and frequently cleaned to inhibit the growth of mould and mildew. Use your air conditioning system and a dehumidifier to keep office indoor humidity in the 30-50 per cent range to prevent mould, dust mites and other allergens while keeping employees and other occupants more comfortable.

Air Quality Testing and Monitoring

With so many potential office indoor air quality pollutants, your best bet when it comes to maintaining optimal work conditions would be to identify the worst offenders and deal with those. This is especially important if you suspect that you have a problem with the quality of air in your workplace that may have persisted over a period of time.

There is a wide range of air quality testing kits that you can purchase to test for pollutants, such as CO2, VOCs, formaldehyde, mould and more, but purchasing these kits may prove expensive and you may not have knowledge of air quality testing and monitoring. For more accurate and cost-effective testing, you may want to consider hiring a professional air conditioning contractor to carry out an assessment and suggest mitigation measures.

A reputable air conditioning Surrey firm can test and monitor the temperature, humidity and CO2 in your office environment to help you determine whether your company is adhering to both internal and external health and safety regulations, and that your employees are working in an optimal work environment.

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