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How to test air quality in office?

As people start recognizing the importance of healthy, comfortable, and productive indoor environments, the awareness and demand for good indoor air quality increases.

Healthy air is one of the factors that contribute to a pleasant working atmosphere. Employees are happier, more productive, and more vital when the air quality in their workplace is up to standard. Unfortunately, it turns out that the air we breathe in the office is often worse than the air outside. Is that also the case in your workplace? Continue reading now and follow our tips for healthy and fresh air in the workplace.

How can I know if my office air quality is bad?

Poor air quality can cause health problems for users of your institution or business premises. Particles suspended in the air end up in the lungs of the users and can lead to infections and diseases. Good air quality prevents irritations and users can work safely in your building. Poor air quality at work is often only examined after complaints have been reported. Reduced air quality in the indoor environment can lead to complaints and irritations, such as headaches, loss of concentration, irritations to the nose, mucous membranes, and eyes. If someone with breathing problems, for example, due to asthma, experiences more problems while working in your building, your air quality is not good. In addition to these findings from your staff, preventive checks provide a clear insight into the current air quality and the associated risks. It is therefore important to measure air quality.

An additional consequence of poor air quality or office climate control is high absenteeism. By sitting in the harmful air for a long time, dangerous particles in the lungs can lead to serious health risks. This not only causes serious health problems, but also results in high absenteeism due to illness. It is therefore advisable to act immediately in the event of complaints.

The effects of having bad air quality (in an office)

Do you often have headaches, concentration problems, and a dry throat at work? Then the air quality at your workplace may not be optimal. Printers, computers, copiers, airborne dust particles, carpeting, and a poorly maintained ventilation system: an office is full of sources of air pollution. Especially in the winter, the air inside can become very dry, because the heating is turned on more often and we ventilate less.

Sick building syndrome

Ever heard of the sick building syndrome? This is a series of vague symptoms resulting from unhealthy air in a person’s (work) environment. Think of irritated mucous membranes, headaches, chapped lips, a dry throat, eyes and skin, and concentration problems. Of course, that does not contribute to a healthy and productive workplace…

How to test air quality at work myself?

You can measure the air quality in your home or office with an air quality meter. Clean, fresh air at home and at work is important for your health. If you have sensitive airways, asthma, or COPD, it is even vital. A smart air quality meter gives you tips via an app on how to protect yourself against bad air. If you connect an air purifier to it, you can be sure that you live or work in a healthy environment.
Now let’s talk about how indoor air quality testing works. The air meter measures a few key values: CO2, Particulate Matter (1.0, 2.5 and 10), Formaldehyde gas (HCHO), VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), temperature and humidity. They are all crucial to understand what is the overall condition of the indoor air.

How can you improve indoor air quality?

 

Start by understanding what “good” air quality means. Ventilation plays an essential role in ensuring good indoor air quality. According to the definition given by the US EPA, it’s a combination of processes that take part in supplying and removing air from a building. It aims to bring fresh air from the outside into the building and distribute it evenly throughout the ventilated space, while at the same time removing some of the indoor air by moving it outdoors. To make this process even more efficient or in spaces where good ventilation system is not possible to install, air purification is the optimal solution.

Some tips to create a healthy indoor climate

Fortunately, you can do a few things yourself to create a healthy indoor climate. Improve air quality with these tips:

  • Tip 1 – Check the ventilation system. Do you use a ventilation system? Carry out regular maintenance, clean filters, and schedule yealr check-ups to make sure that the ventilation works properly.
  • Tip 2 – Introduce an efficient air purification system. HEPA air purifiers with a large filtration capacity, like AIR8 1200i PRO, is a perfect solution for an office environment.
  • Tip 3 – Equip the office with an air quality meter. With an AIR8 Guard PRO you will have access to real-time data sitting at your desk!
  • Tip 4 – Place office plants. Air-purifying plants not only brighten up the workplace, but also provide clean air. According to NASA research, the Areca palm, Sansevieria, and Gerbera are good choices. These types of plants remove harmful substances, such as formaldehyde, from the air.

 

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