Breathe Better: Improve Your Facility’s Indoor Air Quality
According to reports by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental workplace risks.
In some cases, this pollution exposure contributes to headaches, dizziness, fatigue and respiratory conditions: leading to unhealthy employees and costly downtime. This is especially concerning during Minnesota’s cold season, when employees and occupants work in tightly sealed buildings and are rarely exposed to fresh air. Scheduling an indoor air quality (IAQ) evaluation is the first step to optimizing the health of your office, facility or commercial building.
Common Contaminants & IAQ Symptoms
There are many sources for commercial indoor air pollution. During testing, Tonna’s certified IAQ specialists use state-of-the-art equipment to analyze indoor air and detect harmful pollutants. Common contaminants include:
Over time, exposure to debris, particulates and biological contaminants may cause building occupants to experience short- and long-term health effects. Symptoms may include dry or burning nose and eyes, sore throat, congestion and sneezing, fatigue and lightheadedness, shortness of breath, nausea, irritability, and poor concentration. In some cases, building air quality problems may even be related to asthma, Legionnaire’s disease, and hypersensitive pneumonitis. Fortunately, most conditions can be quickly treated—but may require significant time away from the building in order to resolve symptoms.
Solutions to Commercial Indoor Air Quality Problems
Indoor air quality problems often occur when:
- Inadequate levels of fresh air are brought into your facility.
- HVAC systems are not scheduled for routine cleaning & maintenance.
- Humidification levels are not well managed and your facility is excessively moist or dry.
- Your company uses large quantities of chemicals, gases and other harmful contaminants during production or cleaning.
- You undertake large remodeling or construction projects.
If you believe indoor air quality is impacting the health of your employees or the efficiency of your HVAC system, call the experts at Tonna Mechanical today. Experts in commercial IAQ evaluation and mitigation, our certified indoor air quality specialists measure contaminant levels and evaluate air flow, humidity levels and other environmental factors to determine poor IAQ causes. Depending upon their findings, Tonna technicians will recommend cost-effective solutions to eliminating environmental pollutants and improving the air you breathe.
Tailored to your objectives and budget, IAQ solutions and products may include:
- Humidifiers & dehumidifiers
- Air filtration systems
- Air purification systems
- Germicidal lights
- UV & HEPA filtration
- Duct cleaning & repair
- Regular HVAC inspections & cleaning
- HVAC filter upgrades
To learn more about the importance of indoor air quality or inquire about clean air solutions for your facility or office building, contact a Tonna team member at 507-216-4610, or connect online today.
- January 1, 2014
- By Patrick Murphy