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Air quality in Jacksonville commercial buildings can impact health, mood, cognition, concentration, and productivity. For example, studies have shown that productivity is highest when the indoor temperature is between 71 and 75 degrees.

Here are four more ways to improve commercial indoor air quality and increase productivity in your commercial space:

1. Ensure Sufficient Ventilation

Without adequate ventilation, contaminants in the air have nowhere to go. Today’s commercial buildings are tightly sealed to keep the treated air inside, but it keeps airborne contaminants indoors as well. Energy-efficient buildings need ventilation to keep IAQ high. Mechanical ventilation systems are available in four modes: exhaust, supply, balanced and energy recovery.

2. Keep HVAC Systems Clean and Well-Maintained

HVAC systems collect grit, grease, and dirt after a season of heating or cooling. Without annual maintenance and regular cleaning, they can blow all that grunge into a building whenever they cycle on. HVAC air filters should be replaced monthly so they can trap airborne contaminants as they travel through the system.

3. Maintain Optimal Indoor Humidity Levels

A building that’s too dry or too humid can cause itchy skin, coughing, and eye, nose, and throat irritations. Ideal relative humidity is between 40 and 50 percent. A simple and inexpensive device called a hygrometer can calculate relative humidity. If yours is overly high or low, a humidifier or a dehumidifier can bring humidity into balance.

4. Install an Air Cleaner or an Air Purifier

Air cleaners and air purifiers do different things. Air cleaners trap larger allergens like dust, pet dander and pollen that cause allergic reactions. Air purifiers get rid of smaller particles like viruses, spores, bacteria, cleaning agents, chemicals and volatile organic compounds that can cause nausea, dizziness, lethargy, headaches and other symptoms that make us feel sick.

Symptoms caused by poor IAQ disappear when you leave the building and reappear when you return. To learn more about commercial indoor air quality in Jacksonville, FL and what you can do about it, visit Abaco Air Experts or call today!

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