The benefits of good indoor air quality (IAQ) came to light during the Covid-19 pandemic considering the effects of poor ventilation on human health.
Poor air quality in the workplace is a silent killer of productivity, due to its effect on employee health and wellbeing. This is one reason why an increasing number of employers are now installing indoor air quality sensors.
The discovery that Covid-19 spread through airborne particles and droplets showed just how important it is to ensure that we are in well-ventilated rooms with clean air.
As we spend most of our time inside, there is a rising focus on standards for indoor air quality. Many countries are also looking into defining air quality regulations. In the workplace alone, studies show poor indoor air quality can even reduce employee performance by 6%-9%.
Three key health benefits of good indoor air quality
It is important to improve IAQ at the workplace. Apart from reducing energy consumption, taking measures to improve air quality in commercial buildings is also beneficial to employees’ wellbeing. Below are just some of the benefits of quality workplace air.
- Reduced exposure to contaminants: Indoor air pollution is linked to deaths caused by stroke, COPD, lung cancer, and others. By ensuring good IAQ in a building, there is a lesser chance of people being exposed to contaminants like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). In turn, this reduces the risk of poor health and wellbeing.
- Proven impact on performance: Demonstrating low CO2, PM 2.5, and toxic VOC levels can help ensure optimal performance. This offers employees greater peace of mind and will make them less likely to miss work due to health issues. According to a study, even minor improvements to the air quality inside buildings can have a huge impact on the decision-making performance of the staff.
- Better employee health: Bad air quality indoors may show itself in the form of fatigue, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms of discomfort. Increased and long-term exposure to air pollutants can lead to respiratory and cardiac diseases, among other health problems. By testing IAQ, one can ensure they provide a safe and clean workspace to their employees. This also improves employee morale, as they see that the company cares for them. The result will be uninterrupted work and uncompromised performance – and consequently, a lower employee turnover rate.
How to ensure your workplace has good IAQ
One of the best ways to ensure your workplace has good air quality is to track it constantly. ZiggyTec’s Indoor Air Quality Monitoring services measure CO2, PM 2.5, VOCs, temperature, and humidity levels. This can help you create a comfortable and clean environment to support the mental and physical health of your employees.
ZiggyTec provides an end-to-end indoor air quality monitoring service. Book a call and learn more about how our top-of-the-line indoor air quality monitoring system works and helps you achieve a greener and more employee-friendly workplace.