Have you thought about how the air quality in your home or business impacts what you do and how you feel within it? Though you may not realize it, research suggests poor indoor air quality directly impacts productivity levels, especially in employment situations.
As you think about how your air may be playing a role in what you are doing and how you feel, make sure to reach out to our professionals at Ambient Edge so we can offer a solution to improve your air quality with regular HVAC system maintenance.
How Air Impacts Your Productivity
You may recognize the importance of high indoor air quality as it relates to your health, especially if you have allergies or asthma. You may also know the importance of ensuring your heating and cooling system is operating effectively. Yet, have you thought about the way you work in one space compared to another and why that may be?
Air is everywhere, but the air you breathe at home or in a small, enclosed office is going to be of a much different quality than the air you breathe outdoors. Outdoors, the air is filtered through the atmosphere, allowing for toxins to dissolve more readily and oxygen to be readily available.
Indoor, especially in today’s newer constructed homes and offices, the property’s envelope (which describes the actual building structure) is highly airtight.
That sounds good from the impact it has on keeping your heating and cooling costs low (no one wants to pay to heat the outdoors), but it also seals in the dirt and debris. The fact is, if you do not have a well-maintained HVAC system or leave the windows open enough, it is going to impact your overall health. Take a look at some examples of how air quality directly impacts productivity as a result of this quality.
Air Pollution Impacts the Brain’s Function
Here is the bottom line of why air quality impacts how you work – it changes the way your brain actually operates. A study reported by Harvard found that when air pollution levels are high (which they tend to be in airtight spaces), it can create acute reductions in cognitive function. If the air quality is not good in your space, chances are good it is harder for you to think and focus.
Healthy Air Spaces Mean Less Illness
The quality of the air you breathe in directly relates to your health, too, especially if the air is filled with bacteria and germs being passed from one person to the next. You cannot be as productive as you should be when you are coughing, sneezing, and trying too hard to focus. With clean air, then, and good ventilation, it is likely that you will see fewer illnesses, especially if you install an air purifier that can work to remove those particles.
High Humidity Means You Are Uncomfortable
How well do you work when the air is hot and muggy? For many people, humidity is one of the fastest ways to drain their energy, and it can greatly impact a person’s overall ability to get things done. However, if your home or office heating and cooling system is working properly, that is going to help pull that extra moisture out of the air, helping to make it more comfortable to work.
Better Air Quality Makes for Happier Employees
Another way to consider productivity levels when it comes to air quality is by focusing on keeping your team happy and motivated to work. If they are comfortable, with properly maintained temperature, in an area with clean air, chances are very good they will be more productive than if they were hot, uncomfortable, and struggling to breathe. Happy employees – those who are supported and feel cared about – are likely to work harder than those who are not.
You May Do Your Job Easier or Better
Yet another reason to improve the air quality within any space is that it can help you to do the tasks you need to do more effectively the first time. It is not just about doing more but also completing tasks accurately or to a higher standard. Your brain works better, your vision is improved, and your overall ability to accomplish your tasks properly is higher, and that means more productivity.
What to Do About Indoor Air Quality in Your Space
How do you make sure that your home or business air quality is the best it can be? That may be easier to say than to do simply because most people do not notice significant changes in the quality of the air they breathe in until the problem is significant – like noticing dust or debris in the air or having to cope with a strong odor. Our team at Ambient Edge can offer the help you need to uncover the quality of air you are breathing in.
The first step is to ensure your home’s heating and cooling system is working at its best, and that means ensuring all preventative maintenance is complete. As one of the largest appliances in your home, you need to be sure it is working properly and efficiently to remove debris from the air and pump out healthy, clean air.
You also want to be sure the air is not negatively impacted by any toxins coming from your system itself, like fumes or mold from filters and ductwork.
In addition to this, conducting an air quality test is typically recommended every few years, especially if you have noticed a change in productivity or overall health. An air quality test can provide helpful insight into not only the quality of the air but also where the potential problem is coming from, allowing you to make adjustments. Our team is happy to help you with this process.
Set Up a Service Call with Our Professionals Today
To find out exactly how well you are doing when it comes to air quality, reach out to our team at Ambient Edge now and provide us with the insight and support you need. Let us help you boost your indoor air quality. We are available for emergency services and routine services.