The Importance of Proper Building Ventilation for Indoor Air Quality

January 2nd, 2018
The Importance of Proper Building Ventilation for Indoor Air Quality

As we’ve previously discussed, indoor air quality is vital for ensuring your employees are healthy, happy, and productive. But part of making that happen is to verify that your building ventilation is in order.

As we’ve previously discussed, indoor air quality is vital for ensuring your employees are healthy, happy, and productive. But part of making that happen is to verify that your building ventilation is in order. If indoor temperatures are uncomfortable, your workers will be distracted and can’t focus. Likewise, if they are always coughing, sneezing, or taking sick days due to the unhealthy atmosphere inside the workplace, that will interfere with their ability to get anything done and affect your business’s bottom line.

Why Is It Problematic?

Before we continue, you should consider the age of your current building. If your office is situated in a newer building, full of the most up to date technology, then you won’t have as much to worry about; however, many older buildings (and their HVAC systems) will be in need of some upgrading. During the 1970s, energy efficiency was an enormous concern due to ongoing economic problems. So buildings were designed in a way that prevented both warm and cold air from escaping. Consequently, building ventilation was modified so that HVAC systems didn’t have to work as hard. But closed-off buildings can quickly accumulate massive amounts of pollutants that can affect indoor air quality. By improving indoor air quality, you can begin to overcome these problems.

What Does The Research Say?

According to research found in the Harvard Business Review, improving building ventilation enhances indoor air quality and employee health – specifically, these employees could think more clearly, allowing them to make smarter decisions. A controlled environment was used in the study, during which different levels of air quality were tested (conditions tested ranged from minimally-tolerable to optimal) to see how the environment would affect how the workers perform. The fresher air almost always led to better results. So if an inspection determines that your building contains unhealthy levels of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), it’s time to do something about it.

Can You Improve It?

If you are a facility manager, you should do everything you can to ensure that your company starts the new year off on the right foot. As vital as it is to maintain your building’s smart controls, ductwork, and lighting, you shouldn’t let the costs of such a project pose as a deterrent. Higher-efficiency HVAC systems will save your company money, and if you need professional consultation from the experts at Crockett Facilities, then we can help you make that happen.

Crockett Facilities Can Help!

Crockett Facilities Services, Inc. (CFSI) is committed to helping building owners, property managers, engineers,  and facility professionals lower their operating expenses through HVAC preventive maintenance. We can develop a cost-effective, customized preventive maintenance plan for your commercial building that will provide you with peace of mind, improved comfort, and energy savings.

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