Riverdale, NJ — Striving for higher and higher productivity is a key part of today’s business culture. With so much competition in the market, getting the most out of every hour during the business day is key to success, whether you’re a freelancer, startup, small business, or large corporate firm.
We know good health is an important piece of the productivity puzzle, but many workplaces are missing a huge factor in protecting their employees’ health: the air they breathe.
Where does indoor air pollution come from?
While indoor air pollution can seep in from outside through doors and windows, especially if your business is located near a busy road, air pollution originating inside can be just as harmful. Common sources of indoor air pollution in office buildings include:
Inexpensive furniture, which can give off formaldehyde and other harmful pollutants.
Activities such as cooking, heating, and lighting.
Closed spaces sealed with no ventilation.
Air inside the workplace may be affecting employees in more ways than one. Commercial office buildings, retail spaces and industrial facilities need to review and perhaps upgrade to high-efficiency air filters and, in some cases may need to consider supplementing those filters with stand-alone room air purifiers.
The Importance of Protecting Employee Health
Good health and high productivity go hand in hand. Strategies like proper nutrition, sufficient exercise, meditation practice, stress management, and mental health care have all been cited as productivity boosters, hence the rise of wellness plans in workplaces worldwide.
Productivity lost to poor health is measurable. According to the CDC, $225.8 billion dollars per year is lost in the U.S. because of “absenteeism, disability, or poor employee health.” For employers, this figure can outweigh the costs of directly paying for healthcare through insurance or other benefits.
How Does Indoor Air Quality Affect Productivity?
Poor outdoor air quality is linked to a number of dangerous health conditions — upper respiratory tract infections, asthma, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), just to name a few — but poor indoor air quality can be just as, if not more, dangerous.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution tends to be two to five times worse than outdoor air pollution. At its most extreme, indoor air can be up to 100 times worse than open-air environments. With the added threat of COVID-19 infection risk in enclosed spaces, keeping office air clean is essential.
Aside from time lost to commonly recognized health conditions, breathing dirty air resulting from what is known as “sick building syndrome,” can lead to migraines, breathing problems, and loss of productivity. This is from exposure to indoor air pollutants such as poor ventilation, high levels of dust, tobacco smoke, mold or fungus, formaldehyde, asbestos.
“Studies show that good indoor air quality has a positive effect on people’s productivity,” explains Mark Davidson, Manager of Marketing and Technical Materials at Camfil USA. “Employees are more alert. They show better cognitive performance thanks to improved oxygen flow. And they can even gain better general health. This translates into fewer sick days and improved well-being.”
Choosing Air Filters for Office Spaces
For offices struggling with poor indoor air quality, the combination of high-efficiency air filters and room air purifiers offer a solution allowing you to maintain the safety and cleanliness of your air, ensuring that workers stay healthy and productive. When an HVAC system or air purifier is outfitted with high-efficiency air filters, the quality of the indoor air can make a noticeable difference to the building’s occupants. These filters offer an efficient way to protect employees from inhaling airborne pollutants from indoor sources. Contact a Camfil representative today to determine the right air filtration system for your unique workplace.
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