Five Common Indoor Pollutants Controlled by Our Air Filters

December 20, 2016 9:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are people who still believe that installing air filters at home or in the workplace is just a form of overreacting. However, if you or your employees suffer constant respiratory symptoms, it is likely that indoor pollution is more of an issue than you realized. Here are five examples of indoor pollutants that can be neutralized by one of our air quality systems:

  • Biological contaminants: This group of pollutants includes organic elements like dust, mold and dander. People with pets may bring in hair and dander on their clothes and irritate the sinuses of coworkers who are allergic to animals. Dust is naturally occurring, and even if your office is cleaned regularly, it can build up and cause a world of discomfort. Mold is the most dangerous, since it can irritate people who are normally not sensitive or allergic to anything, making them ignore symptoms until they become serious. Air filters catch most of these elements and remove the humidity that contributes to mold growth.
  • Secondhand smoke: You do not need to smoke inside to be exposed to this pollutant. If people smoke too close to your building, it will likely float through every time the door is opened. Workers who are sensitive will experience symptoms even by smelling it on the clothes of other employees. You can control the spread of secondhand smoke by first requiring workers to stop smoking near entrances. However, if it gets inside anyway, air filters reduce the odors and effects of this element.
  • Workplace chemicals: OSHA standards control exposure to chemicals and their fumes. This becomes essential in workplaces that involve handling or working with these materials. Even if your operation only involves service work in an office, there are still chemical elements that can make people sick. Cleaning products contribute to sensitivity, as do items like printer toner. If you filter the air, the effects of these fumes become less harmful.
  • New paint and carpet: If your office recently received new carpet or paint, it is likely that everything appears nice and clean. However, these items also bring new fumes into your space that may affect air quality. Carpets contain strong solvents that many people find unbearable, and paint produces fumes, which is common knowledge. When you take these steps, consider an air filtration system in your upgrade or check the functioning of your current one. That way, your customers and employees can enjoy the benefits of these new additions rather than suffer irritation because of them.
  • Viruses and bacteria: Air filtration reduces these organisms by allowing for better airflow. Viruses especially thrive in stuffy buildings with unfiltered air. This can make workers sick, and often in large numbers at once. By maintaining good airflow and filtration, you can reduce the effects of every winter cold and keep germ spreading to a minimum.

If you are looking for air filters, as well as dust collectors or mist control, contact ARC, Inc. today to find the best air quality system for your place of business.

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