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Clean breathing air for offices & public spaces
Nothing should get in the way of an efficient office, however absenteeism due to employees on sick leave, devices that need to be serviced, rooms that are too cool or too warm or poor indoor air cause additional stress for your team. We can offer solutions that are already making life easier for companies.
Whether it’s nasty smells travel in from outside or stuffy air that is too warm or too cold that are an issue in your office, unpleasant working environments can lower productivity and affect the well-being of your workforce and visitors. Poor indoor air helps spread viral infections quickly and can lead to high levels of absenteeism. Dust and pollen, in turn, can cause allergies and asthma.
Dry office air with a relative humidity of 40% irritates the eyes and respiratory tract, especially if you work on your PC all day. In addition, dry airways and mucous membranes make it easier for viruses and bacteria to spread.
Workspaces in particular are often more significantly affected than other spaces because, in winter, the already dry air is dried out even more by heating systems and, in summer, air conditioning keeps the humidity low.
Air pollutants are also found in abundance in offices. Depending on the size of the office, a powerful air purifier is an effective means of cleaning often unhealthy and unpleasant office air.
What pollutes the air in offices?
POLLEN AND ALLERGENS
House dust, grass pollen, animal hair and other allergens pollute the air in the office just as they pollute our living spaces. All these substances are brought into the rooms on clothing and can cause discomfort for people sharing spaces. Air purifiers fulfil an important protective function to minimise the effects of substances carried in on clothing.
Allergy-inhibiting drugs or antihistamines can provide relief, but they have a wide range of side effects.
VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
These chemical pollutants that escape from floors, furniture or cleaning agents, paints and other materials are often summarised with the abbreviation VOC.
One of the best-known VOCs is probably DEHP (diethylhexyl phthalate) which is related to allergies and can cause hormonal disorders. It can be found in PVC products.
Often underestimated as many modern printers emit little toner dust, nevertheless, a low level of contamination is very irritating to the airways and can promote asthma or worsen existing asthma.
If you then consider the fact that most offices are not ventilated regularly due to temperature management, this can lead to stress and discomfort for many employees.
What if there was a better solution for healthier workspaces?
CONTAMINATION FROM AEROSOLS:
CLOSED SPACES LEAD TO INCREASED RISK.
The Robert Koch Institute found that staying in small, poorly or non-ventilated rooms for long periods of time could increase the likelihood of aerosol transmission, even over a distance of more than two meters.
VENTILATION IN WINTER IS DIFFICULT
In summer you can ventilate in order to lower the aerosol concentration. But the colder it gets, the more problematic it becomes to open the windows often and for long enough. Another disadvantage: energy is wasted, heating costs rise, and people feel too cold in the rooms. In addition, without measuring devices, it is hardly possible to know when and how often it is necessary to ventilate.
BAD AIR CAN MAKE PEOPLE SICK
Particles deposited in the alveoli have a half-life of 400 days. They favour chronic lung diseases such as bronchitis, asthma, lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks or strokes. So, it’s not just about slowing the spread of Covid-19.
Professional air purifiers, when used in the right environment, have been shown to significantly reduce, and sometimes even eliminate, airborne virual transmission. In addition to protecting people from all types of particles and contaminants, working and learning in a clean air environment significantly increases both cognitive skills and work productivity, which enhances office well-being. Healthy indoor air is an investment – it not only promotes employee motivation and concentration, it also reduces sickness-related absences and prevents the spread of infections in the workplace.
Aside from the benefit of protecting employees from Covid-19, special air purifiers in the office offer an additional advantage – they significantly help in the prevention of seasonal allergy symptoms. Tree, grass and herb pollen contribute to millions of people experiencing discomforts like sneezing, itchy eyes or a runny nose to more serious symptoms like irritated airways and asthma during spring.
What does an air purifier for the office have to be able to do?
It should filter the substances out of the air regardless of whether they are volatile or non-volatile.
HEPA filters specialise in the filtration of everything from animal hair to allergens and pollen to bacteria and viruses. It’s important to pay attention to the information provided by the manufacturer and of course to replace the filters regularly.
The Eco IS team can help advise on the right solution for your business and help you move towards a heathier, happier, more productive workspace.
Example Open-plan office layout
Example of an open-plan office with an area of 12 x 12 m and a room height of 3 m. The example space area has an air volume of 432 m³. Four TAC V+ devices are able to circulate the air in this spave more than 11 times per hour (ventilation performance 4,800 m³/h) – an air change rate (ACH) of 11.