Commercial Indoor Air Quality
When it comes to your comfort, indoor air quality (IAQ) is equally important as heating or cooling.
Healthy indoor air is scientifically proven to increase work productivity, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace system keeps your workplace at a comfortable temperature.
However, balanced humidity, proper ventilation, and proper air filtration are just as beneficial for the well-being of staff and clients.
Common Indoor Pollutants
OSHA defines three types of indoor pollutants: biological, chemical, and particle.
Unfortunately, not everything natural is good. These contaminants can pop up in a business with other issues like excess humidity, flooding, inadequate maintenance, or pest infestation.
Common biological pollutants include:
- Bacteria and viruses
- Mildew, mold, and fungi
- Pet dander
- Rodent or insect droppings
These airborne irritants come in the form of gases or vapors. Improper ventilation or protocols and workplace accidents can lead to unhealthy exposure.
They may be released by everyday items such as:
- Cleaning products
Combustion fumes can also house harmful gases like:
- Carbon monoxide (CO)
- Nitrogen dioxide
These pollutants can come in the form of solid or liquid. They are commonly produced by indoor construction or from outdoor sources.
- Refuse from wood or drywall work
- Byproducts from printers
- Byproducts from operating equipment
What Are the Symptoms of Unhealthy Commercial Indoor Air Quality?
The symptoms can vary widely from person to person. For instance, employees or clients with respiratory conditions like asthma or allergies may be more susceptible to adverse symptoms. Also relevant is the type of pollutant and how concentrated it is. Duration of exposure also plays a role.
Some symptoms include:
- Respiratory ailments (similar to cold or flu symptoms)
- Irritated eyes, nose, throat, or skin
- Feeling short of breath
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has studied negative health or comfort effects that appear to be linked to spending time in a building—dubbing the phenomenon as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). The agency believes it is caused by poor ventilation, along with biological or chemical contaminants.
How We Can Assist
Our team of certified HVAC specialists makes healthy air a top priority when taking care of your Texas, business. We’ll keep your location safe and up to code with the best IAQ practices and technology available. Get in touch with us today to learn more.
Commercial HVAC Installation, Repairs, and Maintenance
Matthew’s HVAC Services works closely with Amarillo area companies to provide quality commercial HVAC solutions. We keep everything running smoothly so you can focus on what’s important.
Need a new packaged unit? Our experts can help you find an efficiency model tailored to your workplace needs. We provide a detailed plan and estimated cost before you commit. Once installed, we guarantee you’ll be happy you made the investment.
Are you building a new commercial space? We can help design and implement a commercial HVAC system that meets all your needs.
Give us a call, and let’s start planning. Our flexible financing options make it easy to purchase the equipment your building deserves.
Indoor Air Quality Repairs
Nothing gets in the way of your workflow like an HVAC malfunction. Fortunately, our team of certified professionals is here to help. We can troubleshoot and solve your issue and recommend solutions that meet your needs and budget.
We can respond to an emergency, no matter the time of day. Matthew’s HVAC Services is proud to provide 24/7 emergency HVAC services for our commercial partners.
Indoor Air Quality Maintenance
Keeping a maintenance routine for your HVAC system will save your company lots of money in the long term. It keeps your equipment running at maximum efficiency, meaning your utility bills will be lower. Additionally, it protects you from costly repairs—or even a premature replacement.
Our Matthew’s Peace of Mind Maintenance Plan plans make it convenient to manage your HVAC system. You’ll receive friendly reminders when your equipment is due for service. You’ll also enjoy priority service, discounts, and more.