When you’re thinking about your business, air quality may not immediately leap to mind. However, if your business suffers from bad air quality, it’s a good bet your employees have noticed, even if they aren’t exactly sure what is wrong.
Effects of Bad Indoor Air Quality
Most employees spend at least eight hours at work each day, breathing the building’s air. If the air quality is bad, your employees may suffer from eye, nose, and throat irritation. More severe problems can include headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
Very severe problems caused by bad indoor air are quite serious, including respiratory disease and increased sensitivity to allergens.
Signs Your Business’s Air Quality Is Bad
Bad air quality can be a sign that your HVAC system needs servicing, upgrading, or replacement. There are five common signs that you may have bad air quality in your business:
- Growth of mildew or mold
- Dust buildup
- Increased employee illness
- Poor air circulation
- Issues with temperature or humidity
If you are having problems with your indoor air quality in your business, the air is likely to be polluted and stagnant.
Growth of Mildew or Mold
If your building has ventilation or HVAC system problems, areas with moisture may not dry properly, leading to mold or mildew growth. Such growth can cause significant health problems, especially for people sensitive to them.
If the building’s vents have a lot of dust and grime, the air passing through them is likely quite dirty. Excessive dust buildup on surfaces, especially if you have a regular cleaning service, can also be a sign of poor air quality.
Increased Employee Illness
Are more of your employees getting sick more frequently? Bad air quality in your building can increase the incidence of asthma, flu, colds, or other ailments among employees.
Poor Air Circulation
Poor air circulation leads to stagnant, stuffy, or musty air. Opening windows will help temporarily, but the root cause needs to be addressed.
Issues with Temperature or Humidity
If the building’s temperature and humidity are too high, too low, or fluctuate frequently, you probably have issues with your HVAC system.
What Can I Do to Improve Air Quality in My Business?
If you think you have bad quality air in your business, you should have your HVAC system serviced.