Have you noticed that in 2020 and 2021 you got sick less? The CDC estimates that an average of 56 million people catch the flu each year. Limiting contact between people has proven to drastically decrease these numbers.
Your office does not want to continue to wear masks indoors every day to lower virus spread. Working from home has become more common, however, some offices cannot have their employees work from home.
So how do you reduce virus transfer in your office without having to wear a mask every day?
By putting in an air purification system virus particles like Covid-19, the Flu, and even the common cold are drastically reduced. Want to know how much sick days affect your office check out our article on how to improve indoor air quality.
How Particles Reduce Your Office Air Quality
If you have poor indoor air quality you can increase employee fatigue, allergies, and even cause discomfort. By increasing air quality, you increase the productivity of your employees.
The biggest indoor air pollutants are viruses, bacteria, mold, and allergens. Each pollutant or particle can be removed from the air in your office.
Common Air Particles in an Office
- Viruses like the cold and flu
- Less common viruses like mumps, chickenpox, and measles
- SARS and Covid-19
- Allergens and mold spores
- Animal hair and skin particles
- Micro plastics
With all these possible particles floating in the air, do you know what your employees are breathing in? Does your HR department know how often your employees miss workdays because of indoor air quality?
Will an Air Purification System Make Sense For You?
Your office likely has a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC). Your office HVAC controls the temperature in the office. The HVAC system also moves air around while it controls the air temperature.
Air Purification Vs. HVAC
It is possible to retrofit an HVAC system to also clean out air particles, but this is not what the system was meant to do. Because of its disadvantages, retrofits are expensive and often clean at half the capacity of an air purification system. To learn more about the differences between your HVAC system and an air purification system download our white paper.
What Does Your HVAC System Do
- Heats and cools
- Recycles indoor air
HVAC systems also have many dead zones which means areas in the office that do not get moved by the system because of the location or angle of the air vents.
The important factor to ask your building office manager is how old air leaves your office. Your HVAC system should have some way to remove old air. If your system is relying on wall cracks and windows you are likely paying more than you need on heating or breathing in too much old air.
How is an Office Air Purifier Different?
- Cleans particles out of the air
- Brings new air in
- Allows old used air to exit (small stand-alone models do not remove air)
Industrial air purifiers are made to clean the air and filter out even the smallest particles. To calculate what type of system or indoor air quality product your office needs check out our ACH calculator.
When should you consider an air purifier?
If your HVAC system does not have a clean air supply meaning no filter, and you need to retrofit your system it may be time to look into an air purification system. To choose a system there are six questions to ask yourself.
- What type of filtration can the system handle?
- Does the system have spots that will allow for leakage if the filter gets clogged?
- What air flow rate do you need for your room size?
- How much recycled air is used in the system?
- Does the system kill infection?
- Are there multiple levels of filtration that catch all the major indoor air pollutants?
To get answers on how the Pura Air Purification system handles each one of these questions and what answers to look for when comparing products download our whitepaper.
If you are looking to improve your indoor office air talk to an air quality specialist today.