Commercial Indoor Air Quality
Healthy air in the workplace is essential. Scientific studies show that good indoor air quality (IAQ) boosts productivity, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
How Do I Know If My Building Has Unhealthy Air?
Reactions may vary widely, ranging from mild to severe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls these adverse effects “sick building syndrome” (SBS) caused by poor ventilation combined with indoor pollutants.
Symptoms may be more pronounced in patrons and employees suffering from allergies, asthma, or other health issues. Signs of poor indoor air include:
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
- Irritation to skin, eyes, nose, or throat
- Shortness of breath
Airborne Pollutants Inside the Workplace
Indoors, airborne pollutants may be two to three times more concentrated than they are outdoors. These pollutants fall under three categories, as defined by OSHA.
Plants and animals produce these irritants. They may trigger allergic reactions or respiratory symptoms. Examples include:
- Mildew and mold
- Germs (bacteria and viruses)
- Pest urine and feces (mice, rats, cockroaches)
These harmful nuisances can be found in gas or vapor form. Employees and customers can be exposed if proper workplace measures such as ventilation or masking aren't implemented. Examples include:
- Wet paint
- Cleaning supplies
Combustion can also create deadly gases like carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide, and formaldehyde.
Solids and liquids that are harmful when inhaled fall under this category. Poor ventilation and inadequate cleaning protocols can make these an issue. Examples include:
- Dry paint
- Dirt, dust, and debris
- Runoff from operating equipment such as printers
- The fine powder produced by construction (wood, drywall)
Commercial HVAC Installation and Replacement
Need heating, cooling, or IAQ equipment installed at your location? Let Hawk Air & Mechanical help you out. If you have an unfinished space, we can design and build your HVAC system from scratch—ductwork, vents, and all.
Is your current forced air system in need of replacement? These are the signs:
- The unit is more than 15 years old.
- You’re constantly making repair calls.
- Your utility bills have gone up.
Schedule your free consultation today—we’ll provide an honest assessment of your HVAC equipment. Our specialists will let you know whether a repair or replacement is best suited for your needs—we’ll never sell you a product or service that isn’t necessary.
Commercial HVAC Repairs
Losing heat or AC at your business is a major inconvenience. But conveniently, our professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for emergency HVAC services.
Located in nearby Port St. Lucie, we can repair any make or model. Call today if you’re experiencing issues with the following:
- Rooftop AC or heat pump
- Kitchen exhaust hoods and ventilation
- Ductless mini splits