In the last couple years, we’ve heard a lot about “air quality”. What is good air quality? How does it impact our life and health? Does it truly matter? Specifically, does an office’s indoor air quality matter?
In short: yes. Your office’s (and home’s) indoor air quality does matter – a lot!
Your office’s indoor air quality affects both your physical and mental health. On top of that, though, it can impact your productivity – a big factor in a workspace.
Now you might be wondering why we are talking about our office and not our home. Well, your home’s indoor air quality also matters, but…
We spend a LOT of time in our workspace.
On average, we’ll spend 90,000 hours – one-third of our life – in our workspace. When you think about it this way, it becomes incredibly apparent that we need to pay attention to this space. We often see the office as a sort of waypoint. It is a place we spend some time but not our home or space we really land in. But when you consider the massive amount of time we spend there, it becomes clear that we need to consider the ramifications it can have on our health.
Why Does Office Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Health?
Oxygen plays an important role in our physical and mental health. Our lungs transfer oxygen to our blood which moves it through our body to deliver it to cells. In the cells, oxygen plays an important role in cellular respiration, which is how we get our energy.
Poor air quality limits the amount of oxygen a person is able to bring in with one breath. If you’re not getting enough oxygen, your body will have to work harder to move the oxygen through your bloodstream to get it to your body.
What does this physically feel like in your body, though? It can feel light-lighted-headedness, increased heart rate, headaches, fatigue, and more. Additionally, if the air contains contaminants, you might notice other physical reactions like difficulty breathing, respiratory irritation, coughing, sneezing, and more.
Moreover, clean air protects us from germs. If we are filtering our air and allowing for plenty of ventilation, we’ll see a decrease in germs present in the air. This means less illness and fewer people having to call out from work!
Air quality impacts more than your physical health, though. It impacts your mental health, too.
Breathing fresh, clean air has been tied to increased serotonin levels. Serotonin is considered the happy hormone because it makes you feel good!
It’s no secret that happier workforces are more productive. Unresolved depression can lead to a 35% reduction in productivity. Not to mention, it’s important to care about our mental health and wellbeing. Knowing that management cares can also increase retention, which has large effects on productivity. According to recent studies, 60% of employees who feel cared for plan to stay at their job for three or more years. On the other hand, only 7% of people who do not feel cared for plan to stay for that amount of time.
Thus, between the physical, mental, and productivity benefits, it is important to care about indoor air quality levels in your office.
So how do you know that you need to test your air quality?
How To Test Your Office’s Indoor Air Quality
Ask yourself and your staff the following questions:
- Have you noticed an increase in headaches?
- Have you noticed feeling congested in the workspace?
- Have you noticed an increase in coughing in the building?
- Have you noticed feeling lethargic or unmotivated?
- Have you noticed a feeling of staleness in the air?
- Have you noticed more people calling out sick?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it might be time to test your office’s indoor air quality. No need to fret, though! Testing is simple, and poor indoor air quality is unfortunately very prevalent. You are not alone.
In our eco-friendly buildings designed to seal air in to save energy, we’ve unwittingly made it hard for air pollutants to escape. These pollutants come from naturally occurring dust, pollen from indoor plants, cleaning products, candles, and more. It is very easy for a building’s indoor air quality to suffer.
All you need is a simple indoor air quality monitor. Depending on your selection, it will give you different information about your indoor air quality. They range in prices. Some are as low as $50 and others are upwards of $300.
But having one of these nifty tools in your office will let you know if your air quality needs to be addressed.
How To Improve Your Office’s Indoor Air Quality
If you want to improve your indoor air quality, there are a few simple steps you can take.
If you are able to, you can open windows and doors! Getting some fresh air in the building is always nice, but, unfortunately, it can come with drawbacks. Sometimes, the outdoor air quality is just as bad as the indoor air quality. This is especially true during certain times of the year, such as allergy season. If you live in an area where wildfires are prevalent, you know that opening windows and doors is sometimes not an option because of smoke. In the winter, if wood burning is a common heat source in your air, you might be surprised by the low air quality in your area, too. Then again, it’s winter! And you probably don’t want to open your windows to the cold outdoor air.
So what is another solution? You could make sure to incorporate plants. They help with air quality, but you do need a lot of them, and they do take a lot of maintenance.
If you have the ability, you could completely revamp your HVAC system, but for many offices, this is not a possibility.
At the end of the day, the most feasible, affordable, and effective solution is an air purifier. This is a tool that is designed to filter the contaminants out of your air and improve your indoor air quality.
Do Air Purifiers Work In An Office?
The good news is that there is an air purifier that was specifically designed for spaces like an office.
Please allow us to introduce you to the Filtr Revolution: the air purifier built for your world.
This is an air purifier designed specifically for office, retail, and public spaces. Not only that, but the world’s clean air experts built it.
For over 40 years, the Revolution’s designers have served as clean air experts in the cleanroom space before dedicating themselves to creating an air purifier to bring cleanroom-grade air into the sector.
So is the Revolution right for you?
Only if you’re ready for improved air quality – and everything that comes with it.