The Link Between Neglected Commercial HVAC and Allergies Means More Sick Days & Productivity Loss

The Link Between Neglected Commercial HVAC and Allergies Means More Sick Days & Productivity Loss

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Goldenrod and Ragweed is soon to bloom, bring pollen into your Atlanta office – are you prepared for commercial HVAC and allergies? They are particularly bothersome this time of year. Did you know you can reduce the number of allergens in your office, as well as other allergy and asthma triggers when you install and maintain proper indoor air quality systems?

It is estimated most Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, and many of those hours are spent at work. Ensure you provide the healthiest and safest work environment for your greatest asset: your employees.

When you provide a healthier indoor environment, you also save on health insurance costs as well as reduce absenteeism and productivity losses.

Some common commercial HVAC allergies issues offices experience include:

  • Improper ventilation
  • Uncomfortable temperatures
  • Uncomfortable humidity; increases dust mites
  • Uncontrolled machinery emissions (as simple as a copy machine or other machinery present in the workplace)
  • Chemical or biological contaminants (where present)
  • Improper cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces

Two of the most important ways to keep your indoor air safe is to control humidity and trap triggers of commercial HVAC allergies.

Control Humidity

HVAC systems regulate humidity in a workplace by design. Excess humidity leads to mold, fungi, and dust mites, and provides an ideal breeding ground for these commercial HVAC allergies.

The constant circulation of air over these contaminants spreads them throughout your facility and affects all those who breathe the indoor air.

In Atlanta, it is especially important to control humidity during our hot summer months. Not only does drier air mean healthier air, it makes the air feel cooler and allows your air conditioning to be set at a higher temperature, which saves money on cooling costs.

Dehumidifiers also reduce the stress on commercial air conditioning equipment, saving you on repair and AC installation costs.

Dehumidifiers work as they draw in air through your return ductwork. When the moist air is pulled in through your system, it is cooled. The cooling creates condensation and the moisture turns to water droplets which are pulled out of your air supply.

Conversely, overly dry air is not healthy. Typically, humidifiers during the winter months help the air in your building feel warmer and reduce dry sinuses. When sinus passages are too dry, airborne bacteria and virus particulates take hold easier.

Poor air quality is one reason offices seem to pass around the same illnesses for weeks and weeks. Dry air causes coughs, dry throats, and itchy eyes. Humidifier installation in commercial HVAC system creates a healthier, more pleasant work environment with fewer sick days.

Trap Allergens

Commercial HVAC allergies are often due to particulates circulating in the office air. These particulates include:

  • Pollen
  • Smog
  • Dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • And more!

Commercial HVAC systems with proper filtration and cleaning methods significantly reduce the number of particulates that circulate in your indoor air. Media air cleaners alone catch 95 percent of the pollen, mold, and germs circulating in your office.

Additionally, ultraviolet light air cleaners work with your HVAC system to kill anything living with the use of ultraviolet light. These lights are installed in your HVAC system and work silently as the air circulates.

Reduce Healthcare Costs and Absenteeism When you Reduce Commercial HVAC Allergies

As the pollen season begins and commercial HVAC and allergies become an issue for your office, be sure to call Estes Services for all your air quality needs! Why? Because we have the experience and technology to provide only the best solutions for your business. For 70 years Estes has provided Atlanta with heating and cooling comfort. So let us design HVAC and indoor air quality solutions just for you.

Call Estes Services today and breathe easier soon!

Our team of commercial HVAC pros serves customers throughout the metro Atlanta area including Kennesaw, Midtown, Fayetteville, Roswell, Dunwoody and Virginia Highland. Estes Commercial travels to properties in Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Marietta, Decatur, Johns Creek, Druid Hills and Peachtree City.