In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, clean air is more important than ever in helping prevent the spread of the virus. Even so, indoor air quality is vital in every environment to keep employees healthy and productive. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that indoor air can be considerably more polluted, up to five times more, than the smog-laden polluted air outside. Even weather forecasters warn people to say safe inside on the days when pollution is highest and air quality is poorest outside, but given the EPA’s statement, staying inside may mean breathing more contaminants than if you headed outside.
In Your Business
While the current COVID-19 social distancing, mask wearing, and sanitizing protocols remain in place, you might believe your business is a safer place with cleaner air. As employees return to work, sniffling, sneezing, and coughing will still occur, making clean air within your business more crucial to the health of your employees and your customers or clients. When indoor air is to blame (not the flu, seasonal allergies, the common cold, or even the coronavirus) your employees may experience symptoms like these:
- Irritated Eyes
- Respiratory Infections
Plus, in addition to physical manifestations, polluted air inside your business may cause your employees to experience periods of inadequate focus and decreased productivity. Absences due to illness, coupled with poor productivity directly and negatively affect your bottom line.
Striving for a Healthy Workforce
For businesses like yours, taking the steps toward a healthy workforce often include seminars to encourage home life balance or implementing wellness programs which urge employees to eat nutritious meals and exercise. Even so, while these steps can be helpful for your employees, they won’t positively impact the symptoms of reduced air quality in your business.
In today’s global economy, people spend more time inside, where air quality is lower, than in previous generations. Poor indoor air quality in the workplace has a number of potential causes, including Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are found in furnishings, carpets, blinds, paint, wall coverings, cleaning products, heating and air conditioning systems, printers, and copiers, and emitted into the air where they quickly evaporate. Some common VOCs are formaldehyde, toluene, ethanol, benzene, and xylene, but there are hundreds more which are continually being released into your business space and being inhaled by your employees.
In addition, computers and other common office electronics discharge emissions into the workplace from their components – plastic, adhesives, circuits – and because this important gadgetry heats up while being used, the negative impact from the emissions are heightened.
Plus, ongoing pest control measures in commercial spaces release additional toxins and pollutants into the air while keeping your business pest free.
Clean Air is the Solution
Research has shown, time and again, employee performance increases by 10 percent or more when air quality is improved in the workplace. So, how can you improve air quality for your employees and your customers? The expert team at Cooling Power Corporation offers these air cleaning tips for your business:
- Ensure proper ventilation by increasing the intake of outdoor air.
- If your business houses a number of printers, place them in well-ventilated spaces and use lower print speeds to decrease emissions.
- Maintain temperature and humidity in your business to avoid condensation and the potential for mold and bacteria propagation with spot coolers, air chillers, air handlers, and cooling towers from Cooling Power Corp.
- Purchase eco-friendly, green products – furniture, paint, office equipment and products.
- Utilize a Negative Air Machines or Air Scrubbers from Cooling Power Corp. to clean the air in your offices or commercial space on a regular basis.
Taking these steps will enhance the air quality in your business for your employees and customers, keeping everyone healthier. Plus, a healthier work environment means more productive employees which brings the promise of a better bottom line for your business. Call on Cooling Power Corp. and get cleaner air today!