Well, its finally arrived! The last 24 hrs have brought long-anticiapted winter weather to much of the Eastern half of the US and Canada.
The snow and icy cold gives us more than enough reason to stay indoors where it’s nice warm and toasty. What we don’t realize is that the quality of air indoors isn’t quite at its best during the winter.
People tend to think of air pollution as something that will only affect them when outdoors. Little do they know, it can creep up on you from within the comfort of your home and this is particularly true during the winter.
During the winter months, maintaining fresh and clean air within facilities and plants can be especially difficult due to size and complexity. As the temperatures begin to drop, Facility Managers prepare to seal their homes from the winter cold. This is when indoor pollutants and allergens tend to hit their peak.
Poor indoor air quality can often be overlooked, but it can have an impact on your health. It can lead to dry eyes, headaches, nasal congestion and itchiness in the eyes, nose and throat. It can be especially harmful for children, the elderly or those with asthma.
So what can we do to improve the quality of the air inside facilities, plants and other work spaces in safe a way?
Here are some steps you can take:
- Regular cleaning. As you spend more and more time indoors, the mess and clutter builds up. This also means more airborne pollutants, like dust and mold, will exist within your workplace. Frequent dusting and vacuuming to rid your home of these pollutants, can go a long way.
- Invest in plants. Not only do they add a nice touch of décor, they will act as a filter, purifying the air of any harmful air pollutant or toxins. Thus, leaving us with cleaner air to breathe in.
- Invest in an air purifiers. A good air purifier can help clean the air by removing air pollutants and allergens. Make sure you get an air purifier appropriate for the size of the room to ensure the air is being cleaned.
- Circulate. Allowing fresh air into the home by opening up a window isn’t always possible when the temperatures dip. But if the weather permits, crack open a window. Letting the fresh air from outside enter your home is the easiest way for new air to be circulated in and old air to be circulated out of your home.
- Invest in new air filter monitoring technologies: CleanAlert offers award-winning innovative technologies to hel;p you know exactly when your facility needs new air filters. Therby maximising use, lowing bills and ensuring air quality standards.
As the winter cold continues, be sure to keep your colleagues safe from indoor air pollution. Or better yet, make sure you get some time off over these holidays and get some fresh air by indulging in winter activities like skating, skiing or even snowboarding, take your pick!