Poor air quality in a building or school can create an unsatisfactory occupant comfort level and can even lead to headaches, coughing, itchy skin or watery eyes for employees and other individuals inside a facility. When poor air quality is ignored rather than addressed, it could lead to lower productivity for employees, and in the cases of poor air quality in K-12 and higher education facilities, missed days of school due to challenging learning environments.
What Are the Reasons for Bad Air Quality in Commercial Buildings?
There are many potential causes for inferior indoor air quality, including:
- HVAC system:An outdated or malfunctioning heating and cooling unit may not filter air properly or could propel pollutants throughout the building via the ductwork.
- VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds): Items such as paints, cleaning products or pesticides may contain volatile organic compounds that, when emitted into the atmosphere, can pose health risks.
- Mold: Excess moisture and humidity in an indoor environment can foster the growth of mold and mildew, which can make people sick if inhaled.
- Dust: Some manufacturing processes produce high volumes of dust. Inadequate cleaning and housekeeping practices can also contribute to a dusty indoor environment.
- Infestation: Droppings from rodents can create bad odors that infiltrate the entire facility, especially if the pests get into the building’s ductwork.
- Radon: Radon is an invisible, odorless and potentially lethal gas produced by the breaking down of radium and other materials found in the rock, water and soil underneath a commercial building.
- Smoke: While many commercial establishments now ban or severely restrict smoking on the premises, processes such as burning or cooking can produce irritating smoke. A recent building fire could also leave a smoky residue.
Reynolds Can Perform Reliable Commercial Indoor Air Quality Testing
At Reynolds, our premium building engineering and commissioning solutions include comprehensive indoor air quality testing. We’ve developed a standardized methodology for evaluating the air and, if necessary, collecting samples at your facility. We can then test the samples for the presence of mold spores, radon gas, VOCs and other potentially irritating or harmful substances.
After testing, we’ll provide a detailed report of our findings along with recommendations for improving air quality.
When Should You Consider Indoor Air Quality Testing?
Organizations should commit to performing air-quality testing at least once per quarter to establish a baseline measurement as well as identify potential issues before they become problematic. Organizations should especially consider testing when:
- Occupants file complaints about the air or are experiencing unexplained health issues
- Building a new facility or renovating an existing structure
- Upgrading the HVAC system
- Experiencing a recent rodent or insect infestation
- Using chemicals or storing chemicals at the facility
- Recovering from a flood or fire on the property
Why Choose Reynolds for Your Commercial Air Quality Testing Needs?
Reynolds has deep expertise and a quarter-century of experience in providing reliable building solutions for the public sector market. You’ll work with a mutually invested partner who will work tirelessly to ensure a successful outcome for your project. Contact us to learn more about our indoor air quality services today.