Keeping your commercial building cool isn’t the only thing you need to worry about during the summer. Sure, it’s the hottest season of the year, and being in a commercial space (or any space) without a way to keep cool would be torturous. Still, there’s one other issue that you need to take care of: indoor air quality. Low indoor air quality is quite common during the summer, especially in commercial buildings. If you want to be as comfortable as possible during the summer, the best thing you can do is take steps to keep your indoor air quality high. The following are why you should improve your indoor air quality, and how to do it.
Commercial Buildings Create Bad Indoor Air Quality
Most commercial buildings, especially office buildings, are awfully designed for indoor air quality. This is because most of them are intentionally constructed to be as airtight as possible. While being airtight does help keep climate control as efficient as possible, it also eliminates most of the fresh air from flowing into the building. No fresh air flowing into the building means more airborne contaminants become trapped in the system, things like dust, pollen, dander, germs, and mold spores. Breathing in these kinds of contaminants over a long period of time can cause all kinds of issues, including allergy attacks and flu. That’s part of the reason it’s so important to invest in improving your indoor air quality.
The best way to ensure that airborne contaminant concentrations remain as low as possible is to install an air purifier or filter in your building. These systems are designed specifically to remove a range of different contaminants, using different methods depending on the make and model.
Install a Humidifier or Dehumidifier
Along with installing an air purifier of some kind to remove airborne contaminants, you should also give some thought to installing a humidifier or dehumidifier in the building. Humidity imbalances can cause all kinds of issues, especially if they’re chronic problems over a long period of time. High humidity makes it harder for your body to cool itself and increases mold growth in the darker areas throughout the building. Low humidity lowers your defenses against infection and makes the building itself more prone to damage by sapping the moisture from all the wood in the vicinity. Installing a humidifier or dehumidifier is a good way to address these issues.
It’s important to remember that the above tips are just guidelines for commercial buildings in general. If you really want to make sure that your indoor air quality stays as high as possible, you need to consult with a professional technician in person to make sure you get the best solution for your needs.
EMI Mechanical provides a full range of commercial indoor air quality services throughout Jackson, MS. If you’re concerned about the quality of the air in your building, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians.