Your building’s heating and air conditioning system does more than just provide comfort to your employees – it also plays a role in employee wellness and productivity. In today’s post, Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning discusses how HVAC maintenance can help keep your employees healthy and productive.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality is caused by an increased concentration of indoor air pollutants like dust, bacteria and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs come from common objects and substances, such as paint, plastic and cleaning products. A process called “off-gassing” releases VOCs, sometimes over many years.
Since most commercial spaces rely on a building’s HVAC system for ventilation, indoor air pollutants may accumulate if not properly vented. It can trigger allergies, flu-like symptoms and other respiratory problems that can lead to employees clocking out early or calling in sick. Indoor air pollutants can also result in a pervasive odor that can make things uncomfortable for employees and even cause the disruption of work hours while the odor is being addressed.
HVAC Maintenance Can Help Maintain Indoor Air Quality
Keeping up with the maintenance of your heater and air conditioner can go a long way in maintaining indoor air quality. A typical HVAC maintenance routine includes a full inspection of the air handler and the building’s vents and ductwork. Regular inspections will enable your HVAC technician to uncover and fix issues that may affect indoor air quality like dust and particulate buildup in the ductwork and the presence of mold. They can also help you decide whether you should take preventive actions such as installing air purifiers and upgrading air filters.
Certain best practices can also help improve indoor air quality. During office renovations, make it a point to choose products that don’t contain VOCs. Encourage employees to leave their coats and other outerwear in their lockers when possible. Schedule a monthly HVAC inspection conducted by the maintenance staff, keeping an eye out for leaks, full air filters and other signs that indicate problems with the HVAC system.
Call Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning for Your HVAC Needs
Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning provides HVAC services to customers in San Jose and the surrounding communities, and is a Factory- Authorized Dealer of Carrier® heating and cooling systems. Give us a call at (408) 920-3910 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.