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Author: Javelin Controls
Date: December 27, 2021

8 Ways To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality & Breathe Better

Many health symptoms we experience are caused by indoor air pollution. With a common lack of ventilation and the recirculation of air, it is hard to mirror that of freshness from outside within the constraints of an office’s four walls. But it has certainly come to light recently on the importance of proper ventilation and improved internal environments.

Not only does it better people’s health while they are working, but it can have a lifelong impact. There are plenty of ways to improve your indoor air quality that are cost-efficient and easy to do. With little effort and some preventative measures, you could be reaping the benefits in no time.

The guidance always states opening windows and doors, but we understand this isn’t always possible due to weather conditions and seasonal allergies. This is where a HVAC system can come in handy. It affects more than just the temperature of your home or business and can help address pollutant issues.

Ways To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With HVAC

Firstly, HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. When it comes to this topic, it is clear that the latter two are going to be the most important. You can find out more about the workings and optimisation of your HVAC systems here. But how can you use them to create a more comfortable and healthy environment?

1. Increase Circulation

Having good circulation will help mitigate dust particles, humidity and uneven heating issues many homes and offices face. Leaving these pollutants to sit will inevitably lead to a build-up that you are going to inhale. This can lead to respiratory issues and long-term health problems such as asthma, allergies or complications due to mould.

On an HVAC system, the blower motor is responsible for circulation. Not only does it help to evenly heat and cool the property, but it can help with the distribution and reduction of pollutants. In many models, this fan can be set to run even when the heating or cooling elements are switched off. As a result, the system is continually circulating the air to reduce risks.

In addition to this, increased circulation also means that your HVAC system is filtering the air more often. This doubles your chances of achieving cleaner air which could be hugely beneficial for people with underlying health issues. It may make the room feel chilly to leave the blower running without heat - so we recommend running it at intervals throughout the day.

2. Schedule Regular Maintenance

We talk about this a lot, simply because it is majorly important to the quality of your HVAC system. While you may install the newest model with a state of the art BMS system to complement it - not maintaining the controls could lead to faulty systems or critical repairs that will cost you.

As well as this, an experienced service technician will check for issues and usually offer cleaning services too. After they have checked the overall condition to ensure all controls are working to the highest standard - you could expect to find dirty filters and bacteria build-up. While this is all normal, it highlights the importance of regular checkups and making the effort to clean the system.

Without this, you could be recirculating dust and mould into the environment. A telltale sign that it’s time for a major service is if you notice an abnormal smell from the system itself. This can indicate that bacteria build up and should be looked at by a professional as soon as possible.

3. Keep An Eye On The Filters

Filters are designed to aid airflow and catch all of the unwanted particles. It is important they are looked at regularly to ensure they are still doing their jobs! By removing allergens, dust and debris, they play a huge part in the ways to improve your indoor air quality. As these particles build-up, your filter will get dirty. Including the changing and maintenance of them in your routine can help to ensure they are providing the best support to your HVAC system.

This is something you can do yourself. However - it is really important to make sure you are using the correct filters for your model of HVAC and that you are changing them often enough. While the recommendation for this is usually once or twice a month, the conditions within your property are going to vary, much like the capabilities of your system.

It is because of this we would always recommend talking to your HVAC installers and technicians to find out what their expertise and experience recommends. However, one factor that could point towards needing a change is weak airflow. The more that builds up on the filter - the harder it will become for clean air to pass through. If you notice this change, contact a service technician or look into changing your filters.

4. Invest In A BMS

Building management systems are fantastic for ensuring your HVAC controls work efficiently. While it can be reassuring to have complete control over your ventilation and heating - a little help from the top of the range technology could mean that you’re running a more cost-efficient and eco-friendly product amongst other things.

The technology allows you to programme certain elements of your home or office to be monitored and controlled automatically through a central control panel. The benefits of this include detecting minute changes in air quality. As a result, your ventilation can be adjusted to best suit the current atmospheric conditions and ensure circulation remains constant and pollutants are being tackled.

Without any need for human involvement, you can enjoy the benefits with peace of mind that the levels in your property remain optimal at all times. For more information on installing and maintaining a BMS, you can read our other article here. Alternatively, give us a call on 07808 791998 for some expert advice.

Other Solutions

We know that more people are looking for multiple ways to create a cleaner environment. While HVAC can offer some of the best solutions, there are always extra things you can do to boost your impact a little more. Small home improvements or new habits can contribute to healthier living conditions and also help your HVAC systems work more efficiently!

  1. Prevent Condensation
Some potted plans and a fruit bowl on a windowsill, next to an open window suffering with the effects of condensation

Keeping the internal office environment warm or providing continuous airflow with ventilation and open windows will help reduce the moisture build-up we often experience in cold months. Lots of occupants piled into a small area or machinery creating heat while it is cold outside can cause a build-up of condensation and mould.

Prolonged exposure to these pollutants can have a detrimental impact on people’s health. Using your HVAC system to keep the office at a constant and comfortable temperature in winter can help prevent condensation. However, it is more important than ever to service the filters when it is being used regularly.

2. Keep The Floors & Carpets Clean

A common issue for those with allergies is dust and debris build up in carpets. Common dirt you may find in the office from people walking in and out and unfamiliar visitors wandering the area can quickly become a problem for air quality.

The impact of this can be reduced with regular vacuuming. This will help stop the pollutants from ending up in the air which, in turn, will offer a favour for those filters we mentioned earlier! If this is difficult to upkeep - laminate flooring could be a better alternative to carpet as the dirt and dust do not get so easily embedded.

3. Invest In A Dehumidifier

We mentioned previously about reducing condensation to avoid mould and dampness. Well, another solution to that is investing in a dehumidifier. Humid and moist conditions can trigger respiratory issues. Controlling these levels will help create a far more comfortable working environment for you.

Implement These Ways To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality Today

In light of the pandemic, more and more people are becoming aware of the effect poor working and living conditions have on our health (read more on our blog The Impact Of Coronavirus On HVAC and What We Will Do About It). Without proper consideration and professional action, we could be living in highly polluted areas. As a result, it is crucial we make the best use of the technology available to us.

Installation of high-quality HVAC systems will allow air to be filtered and rooms to be ventilated properly. This will allow pollutants and debris to be removed from the air - leaving us to breathe more clearly and avoid adverse reactions such as asthma and allergies.

Aside from this, small changes can be made throughout any building and regular maintenance should be carried out to ensure systems continue to offer this protection for as long as possible.

Get in touch with the Javelin Controls team to transform your home or work environment with a high-quality building management system or HVAC control. We’ll be more than happy to discuss your control and system requirements and find a customised solution to suit your needs.

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