The weather can do crazy things in Oklahoma. Old buildings have uniques issues and new buildings have their own set of issues. Add the crazy weather to the mix and employees can start sneezing and sharing germs and then you have a problem. There are some practical solutions to help with indoor air quality.
1. Let the building breathe.
Like pores on your skin, buildings need to be opened up so they can breathe. Especially in winter and summer months when every window may be locked down tight-A little breath of fresh air does everyone good.
2. Change air filters regularly and have a professional inspect your vents. Mold, mildew, dust mites, dander, parabens and other allergens can grow unchecked then, all of a sudden, the seasons change and when the air or heater is turned on for the first time in weeks the office is hit with a toxic air burst.
3. Nightly vacuuming of carpets with a triple filtration vacuum cleaner is very important. Vacuum cleaners with only a single or double filtration system emit large doses of dirt and dust back into the air. This has a negative effect on the air and the carpet because the dirt resettles on carpet and gets ground in as people walk and creates a sand paper affect that increases wear and creates more expense in the long term for the facility.
On a final note, many of the air deodorizers contain toxins or at the least irritating chemicals and fragrances that make your building smell nice but may irritate your employees. Check with your current Janitorial company to see if they care “Green Chemicals” and Green all natural deodorizers.