How Your Facility Maintenance Team Can Improve Air Quality

In commercial buildings, many factors can work for or against air quality. Which chemicals are used for cleaning, how well areas are ventilated and how often areas are cleaned can all have a significant impact. Your facility maintenance team can contribute to creating better air quality for your facility. Here are a few of the ways they can accomplish this task. 


Changing Out Air Filters

One often overlooked area of residential and commercial buildings is the HVAC unit. When it works, it works, and everything is fine. When it doesn’t work, it’s time to call the repair company. However, it’s important to have your facility maintenance team keep up with the HVAC system, and changing out air filters is the easiest and safest way to get started. Changing out air filters on a regular basis can make a huge difference in the quality of the air. 


Using Vacuums with HEPA Filters

The type of cleaning equipment the facility maintenance team uses is more important than you may realize. Vacuum cleaners are available in many varieties, and the most important feature to look for is HEPA filters. These filters trap 99% of airborne particles, such as bacteria, dust and mold. 


Daily Janitorial Services

Every day cleaning can be just as important as the occasional deep cleaning. Your facility maintenance team should be dusting, vacuuming and sanitizing surfaces at least once a day. This includes cleaning the floors, which can be overlooked but shouldn’t be, as they contribute to air quality as much as any other surface.  


Regular Carpet Cleaning

Carpet traps contaminants can help with air quality, but they do a better job of this when properly cleaned. If your facilities maintenance team skips carpet cleaning, the pollutants can start to build up, contaminating the air. A low moisture cleaning process is best for regular cleanings to avoid mold and bacteria growth. Deep cleanings can use more moisture, but adequate drying processes need to be in place.


Let in Fresh Air

If you can open the windows, try to do so every once in a while so fresh air can circulate through the building. Consider adding real plants into the building. They absorb toxins and produce oxygen, which goes a long way in improving air quality.


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