Modern commercial buildings tend to have a big problem with poor indoor air quality. Unfortunately, most building managers are not aware that they even have an air quality problem. Poor indoor air quality can cause all kinds of issue for those inside the building, from lowing comfort levels to increasing incidences of illness. If you’re managing a commercial building, it’s in your best interest to make sure that the indoor air quality stays as high as possible. Read on to find out how indoor air quality can affect those in your building, and what you can do to improve it.
Most of the reason for poor indoor air quality is the presence of microscopic airborne contaminants. These contaminants include things like dust, pollen, dander, viruses, bacteria, and mold spores. Prolonged exposure to these contaminants can cause all kinds of harmful conditions, from allergy attacks to the flu. They can also make preexisting conditions like asthma worse.
The presence of airborne contaminants is further exacerbated by the fact that most commercial buildings are designed to be as airtight as possible. This eliminates fresh air from flowing into the building, causing contaminants to become trapped and build up.
The best way to deal with a contaminant problem is to install an indoor air purifier. Air purifiers use a variety of different methods to cleanse the air in a building, from ionization purifiers that use ion clouds to draw particles from the air to UV purifiers that use ultraviolet light to kill germs. You should consult with a professional to determine which purifier would fit your needs best.
Our bodies are mostly comprised of water, and they rely on a certain balance of humidity levels in the air around them in order to function properly. Ever wonder why humid days seem much hotter than dry days? It’s because high humidity raises the evaporation point of liquids, including sweat. The longer it takes your sweat to evaporate, the longer your body takes to cool itself off. That’s not the only problem that high humidity causes, though. Chronically high humidity also promotes mold growth in darker areas of the building. This contributes to lowering the air quality further, as mold spores can cause all kinds of health problems if inhaled.
Chronically low humidity is not much better. Very dry air will sap the moisture from your body, causing your skin and nasal passages to crack. This makes you more susceptible to getting sick, as well as being uncomfortable all on its own. Low humidity also makes the building itself more brittle and prone to damage, at least the wooden parts of it.
Installing a humidifier or dehumidifier will help maintain a balanced humidity level in your building, preventing the above issues from afflicting the people inside. If you’re not sure what kind of humidifier or dehumidifier to install, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you out.
EMI Mechanical offers a full range of commercial indoor air quality services in Jackson, MS. If you need an air purifier, humidifier, or dehumidifier installed or serviced, contact us today to schedule an appointment.