Breathe Easier With Better Indoor Air Quality
Poor air quality can create a number of health problems for individuals. Pollution can make it difficult to breathe, lead to asthma attacks and even introduce cancer-causing carcinogens into the bloodstream.
Regulations on car emissions, factory production and other sources of pollutants have helped maintain good air quality in most U.S. cities, but pollution isn’t just limited to the outside air. There are several factors that could lead to poor air quality within buildings as well, making it necessary for property managers to take steps to protect their tenants.
Forbes reports that indoor air pollution causes 3.5 million deaths each year globally. Factories with poor ventilation may contain a high concentration of dust and particulates that could interfere with the respiratory process. Even office buildings can be affected during renovations, or if climate management equipment malfunctions.
Clogged filters, broken furnaces and other factors can lead to a buildup of carbon monoxide and other harmful gasses. Building managers need to regularly inspect equipment to ensure it is in proper working order. Not only will this improve air quality, but it can reduce energy costs as well. A malfunctioning furnace will not be as efficient, resulting in extra fuel costs. Building management software allows operators to track how often air filters are replaced to keep them from becoming clogged. The software allows managers to set up reminders for monthly or quarterly projects that can improve the quality of air within a building.
Regular inspections of equipment should also be part of the building’s risk management process. Air quality is often forgotten as a source of health problems that can reduce staff effectiveness or even lead to death. Several states require carbon monoxide detectors on every floor to detect any potential dangerous buildup of gases. Building Engines provides managers with the tools needed to track inspection of the units, which may be spread throughout the building. Staying on top of safety equipment inspections is an important step to reducing risk and can be necessary during periods of renovation when dust is most likely to be disturbed.
Many older buildings were constructed with materials that are now known to be harmful. Federal law requires the removal of these products when renovations are done, but the process can kick up clouds of asbestos and other particulates. During this process it is important that all safety precautions are taken to protect the workers and building occupants. With the right tools, building managers can ensure that proper procedures are being followed. Good software programs may even be able to inform workers of potential hazards by noting the date of construction and the materials used.
Taking the time and effort to improve the quality of air within a commercial property greatly reduces the risk to tenants and visitors. By inspecting heating units and air ventilation systems, building managers may be able to determine when repairs are needed, reducing operating costs in addition to maintaining good air quality.
Source: Industry News