Air purificationand air quality are two things that are often taken for granted, but shouldn’t be ignored. Clean air is something that should be at the forefront of every person’s mind, and every company’s as well. When you breathe in polluted or impure air, your body takes in germs, irritants and pollutants, many of which can lead to long-term health problems such as allergies, asthma, and cancer.
The Dangers of Poor Air Quality
Poor air quality can cause a variety of health problems. It can also lead to increased expenses in your business by contaminating your office space or product. According to the World Health Organization, poor indoor air quality is prevalent among office workers and even more so for those who work in industries that emit smoke, chemicals, dust particles, etc. More than 60% of adults say their current workplace has unhealthy levels of indoor pollutants at least some of the time.
The Benefits of Purifying the Air
We live in a world where pollution is at an all time high. It’s easy to be ignorant of the harmful effects of air quality because it’s not something we can see. But, this doesn’t mean it should be ignored or neglected. There are many benefits to purifying your air in your business, including:
A healthier workforce (less time out sick)
A cleaner environment for the people who work there and visitors too
Improving Air Quality in Your Business
We all breathe air every day, but do you know how clean your air is? When we spend a lot of time inside or in other enclosed spaces, the air quality can become very poor. Here are some tips for improving the air quality in your business:
Use natural, chemical-free cleaners
Add plants to improve the indoor air
If possible, open up windows or turn on ventilation systems to allow fresh outdoor air to enter the building
Purchase an air purification system for your business
KG Facility Solutions offers many different options of air purifiers for your business that covers anywhere from 150 sq. feet to 20,000 sq. feet. Some of these systems can even be installed directly in your air duct system, and for a limited time you can get these systems for 10% off the regular price (see flyer for details). If you need help with sizing or filtering options, please give us a call today! Your air quality is important to us, so we’ll find the right product to meet your needs.
Whether it’s about boosting workplace efficiency or improving employee well-being, businesses must now pay more attention to enhancing their entire office surroundings. Consequently, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most workplace quality improvements are being implemented in tandem with office COVID prevention efforts. So, why not invest in a system that protects everyone by eliminating over 99% of airborne SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) viral particles within 3 minutes?
How Air Purification Protects Workplaces from COVID-19
Aerosol research shows that respiratory particles may pass and stay airborne for longer periods, making proper indoor air hygiene a critical component for protection against coronavirus — and when we say “air hygiene,” nothing works quite like air purifiers. In addition to effective air cleaning, purifiers supplement the regular ventilation in offices, keeping viruses at bay.
Types of Air Purification Systems
ActivePure® is an air purification technology that prevents the growth of bacteria, fungus, mold, viruses, and other airborne and surface contaminants by eliminating them in the first place. The different types of air purification systems offered by ActivePure® include Pure & Clean, Aerus Mobile, Beyond Guardian, Hydroxyl Blaster, AP 500, PureCloud, Guardian In-Duct, and SanctuAiry In-Duct (2,000 | 5,000 | 10,000). For an overview of these COVID-friendly technologies, click here.
Clean Air vs. Office Environment
It’s a universal truth that clean air makes a better, more productive, safe, and healthy office environment. The question is, how? Research from Harvard and Syracuse Universities reveals that the poor air circulating in most offices may be hindering worker performance.
To prove the research, some employees were requested to carry out their usual office responsibilities in a typical office building workplace. But on alternate days, the same employees were asked to repeat their specific tasks (this time with better ventilation). Results showed that employees in the pure air atmosphere outperformed those in the regular office setting by 61 percent. Moreover, the cognitive function improved by more than 100 percent by doubling the ventilation.
We don’t consider the air we share until it starts to affect our physical and mental health. Poor indoor air can cause irritation, headaches, exacerbate allergies, and spread disease more easily. Feeling physically under the weather will lead to poor job performance, fatigue, and even depression. The air we breathe is a major factor in our physical and mental wellbeing and vital to our job performance. While “open a window” tends to be the go-to solution, it’s not always possible in large commercial buildings. If your indoor air quality isn’t as good as it could be, and bringing in outside air isn’t an option, improving indoor air quality without opening a window is not only doable, but should be prioritized.
Identify the Source
The first task is to identify the source of pollutants. Every part of your building could be contributing to poor indoor air quality, like:
Unclean floors, upholstery, carpets
Moisture and humidity
Cleaning and maintenance products and solutions
Eliminating the Source
You’re probably tempted to go straight to an industrial-strength air purification system, but before we get to that, there are a few cleaning and maintenance steps that need to happen.
Sometimes the source of the air pollution is obvious, like with new construction, including new floors, upholstery, and carpets. It’s important to have a professional post-construction clean-up crew that will work safely following all OSHA protocols while getting your building ready for occupants and business to resume.
Specialty floor care, where each type of upholstery, carpet, or flooring material is handled correctly to get rid of any irritants or pollutants that are degrading the indoor air quality, is another necessary step to improving the quality of the air.
Regular Cleaning Services
Dirt, dust, mildew, and mold are all sources of poor air quality, and they will continue to be a problem until the end of time. Unlike post-construction cleaning, carpet cleaning, and even window cleaning, you need a professional janitorial crew to stay on top of every surface and high-touch area in your building. Employees, building managers, vendors, clients, and guests are continuously tracking in dirt and other pollutants on their shoes and clothing, touching everything as they go. It’s a never-ending cycle; fortunately, so are our day and night janitorial services.
Working day and night to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness throughout your building is only as good as the equipment, products, and cleaning solutions. Using harsh chemicals may ensure proper sanitation and sterilization but can lead to more irritation. At KGFS, we take great care to use the most efficient methods to clean a building, from using the proper equipment for each task, surface, and material and using eco-friendly, pet-friendly, and people-friendly products to avoid causing more air pollution but create a clean, healthy, and harmonious atmosphere.
Air Purification Systems
Good indoor air is as much about planning and implementing strict cleaning protocols as installing air purification systems. So, let’s talk about the air purification systems that we recommend.
Our team services and maintains numerous commercial and public buildings in the Denver area, including warehouses, schools, businesses, and corporations. Knowing how vital indoor air quality is to the health of a building and the occupants, we stand behind the proprietary ActivePure® Technology system that:
Destroys over 99% of all surface and airborne contaminants
Eliminates over 99% of airborne SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) viral particles within 3 minutes
Reduces viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants
Provides a better-than-HEPA air filtration system
Is based on NASA technology and recognized worldwide as Certified Space Technology
We have several small stand-alone plug-in units designed to remove contaminants in small areas, and systems intended to attach directly to your HVAC systems.
Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Building
We customize our commercial cleaning services to meet the needs of every client and building, from regular cleaning and maintenance to specialty cleaning services, to our proprietary air purification system to improve the quality of indoor air and help prevent the spread of disease.
KG Facility Solutions has a full suite of services; contact ustoday to raise the bar on a clean and healthy work environment.
The airborne threat of COVID-19 is real and has resulted in all businesses having to rethink the way they sanitize and disinfect their indoor commercial spaces. As businesses reopen their physical locations, it’s time to start thinking about the long term solutions and systems needed to keep staff and customers safe.
How to Combat the Threat
It has become all the more necessary for businesses to focus on keeping their workspaces comfortable and hygienic for their employees and staff members. This includes maintaining a well-sanitized environment free of harmful pathogens, including COVID-19.
Every single business must see to it that they partner with a professional, experienced facility solutions company to ensure all indoor spaces are healthy and safe. Implementing tools to protect against pathogens will help secure the wellbeing of your entire commercial property and its indoor environment.
Start With the Indoor Air You Breathe
While disinfection of the surfaces of your building should continue, it is extremely important for businesses to be conscious of airborne transmission as well. Unhealthy air quality in your building can contain mold, mildew, and odors, as well as spread bacterial and viral pathogens, including COVID-19. New, innovative solutions have become available for everyday use to protect your building from harmful contaminants.
One excellent solution you can implement to ensure your building has healthy air quality is the Aerus air purification system. Aerus utilizes ActivePure® Technology, a patented cell which sends out supercharged oxidizers back into the air, seeking out and destroying contaminants. This air purification system not only neutralizes airborne contaminants and pathogens, but will also settle on and disinfect the surfaces of your building. ActivePure® Technology continues disinfecting as people move throughout your office space, offering unprecedented 24/7 air and surface protection from pathogens, bacteria such as C-diff, MRSA, viruses, fungi, sick building syndrome, and of course COVID-19!
Scientifically Proven to Mitigate the Spread
This type of air solution is safe for people and pets, and can be easily installed on commercial properties for businesses who want ultimate indoor air protection. Aerus purifiers come in many sizes and can be installed as simply as plugging the unit into an outlet. The treatment area can be as small as 250 square feet, up to as large as 20,000 square feet. This air purifying technology has been thoroughly tested and researched.
ActivePure® Technology is used by NASA and was awarded the Certified Space Technology seal by the Space Foundation. It was recently found that ActivePure® Technology can eliminate COVID-19 in as little as 3 minutes! Additional information about this technology and its impressive outcomes have been recently published in businesswire.com and prnewswire.com.
KG Facility Solutions has partnered with Aerus and is ready to equip your business building with this extra layer of protection for your facilities and staff. There are several different pricing tiers to match the needs of your company. By utilizing this air purification solution and continuing to disinfect high touch areas, you can rest assured you are creating a healthy environment for your business.