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Key Reasons Why Workplace Ventilation Should Matter To You

When you hear the words air pollution, the chances are that you immediately picture a crowded highway wall-to-wall with traffic. If that’s the case, you might be surprised to know that air pollution can be just as much of an issue indoors as well, if not more so! This is sometimes especially the case in more modern buildings, as the improved build quality and insulation gives outdoor pollutants less of a chance to escape. As you may have guessed, looking after your building’s air conditioning systems is one way to cut down on these dangers – but is there anything else you can do?

What Are The Risks Of Poor Workplace Ventilation?

The risks can vary in severity, but certainly none of them are something that you’d want to leave to chance. To begin with, it can cause distractions amongst your workforce. With spring in the air, the weather is gradually heating up (and if you’re in the North West like us, very gradually!). That means that offices can run the risk of getting too warm. Excessive moisture or humidity are similar factors which can cause discomfort amongst employees and limit productivity. Then there’s the issue of lingering or unpleasant smells, whether it’s from certain lunchtime choices, or simply a bin-bag that needs changing.

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Meanwhile, there are instances in which poor workplace ventilation can even cause a danger to health, especially in workshop floors or warehouses. Thick smoke or fumes, or an excessive build-up of dust in the air, can all actively contribute to the development of illnesses, which over time can develop into allergies or chronic diseases like asthma. True, these are perhaps extreme examples, but even office workers can find that poor workplace ventilation quickens the spread of viruses and sickness at work – an effect that’s particularly noticeable in winter.

What Can You Do To Improve Workplace Ventilation?

There’s no shortage of options open to you! Firstly, it’s a good idea to consider the layout of your office. Make sure that no bulky pieces of office furniture (such as filing cabinets) are blocking any windows, or other passages of airflow through your workplace. Essentially, you always need to give yourself and your employees the option to leave open doors or windows if you need to.

Similarly, it’s wise to ensure that your air conditioning system is up to the task at hand. If not, it might be time to consider an upgrade. Whether or not you end up going down the route, however, you should definitely consider a routine service and maintenance to make sure that the system is working at peak efficiency. Without it, you run the risk of reduced effectiveness and higher energy bills. On top of that, mould can sometimes form in the vents of air conditioning systems, so your air conditioning may even be actively circulating contaminants around your office!

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To be on the safe side – and to make sure you’re not paying over the odds – you can book a routine service and maintenance right here on our website. Just click here for a free quote, or alternatively, you can call us on 01282 863 825, and before you know it, our trained heating and cooling engineers will be on the way to take a look at your system and quickly get any problems sorted.

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