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5 Ways Dirty Air Vents Are Making Your Employees Sick

Posted on 31/08/2018 11:59

5 Ways Dirty Air Vents Are Making Your Employees Sick

Are you noticing a significant increase in sick leaves in your office? Do you feel the overall productivity of your workforce isn’t the same anymore? There can be a reason you wouldn’t have thought of even in your dreams. Dirty Air Vents!!

In a recent survey, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cited we are spending 90% of our time indoors. [read the full report here] There is a higher chance that people with respiratory ailments, allergies, and weak immunity are contracting health troubles from indoor pollution rather than outdoors. Indoor pollution can stem from dirty air vents, pressed wood furniture, unclean carpets, air fresheners etc. However, dirty air vents are the single major contributor to low-quality indoor air.

The top 5 ways dirty air vents could be making your employees sick.

  1. Mould and Mildew Growth

    Unclean air ducts house moisture that can result in the growth of mold and mildew. Not only the growth of mold causes an unpleasant odor, it is also capable of releasing particulate matter and airborne gases by causing structural damage. These particulate matters and airborne gases can cause infection and allergic reactions.
  2. Sick Building Syndrome

    The dreaded sick building syndrome can be caused by dirty air vents. Unclean air ducts more often house allergens like pet dander, pollens, dust and fine particulates that accumulate over time. When such dirty air ducts are used they blow allergens in the air causing respiratory troubles in some people in the long run.
  3. Infection by Pests

    Cockroaches, rodents, and spiders reside in uninspected dirty air vents. Cockroaches if left unchecked multiply fast and can infest the entire premises. They drop off casts and other such allergy causing annoyances that can be detrimental to health. Spiders, though are solitary living beings, can bite causing itching, rashes, burning sensation, and big welts. This can be all the more dangerous for somebody with compromised immunity. Rodents, other than causing damage to the property, are capable of spreading diseases like plague, toxoplasmosis etc. Their feces and urine carry dangerous disease causing bacteria. Direct contact with their feces/ urine or breathing in air that had been in contact with such wastes can make a person ill. Pest Control services may not be as effective as you expect because the root cause is left unaddressed.
  4. Clogged Air Filters

    Unclean dirty air vents can clog the filter with the accumulated dust in it. The stuffy air you feel when you enter a building is caused by low quality air flowing through clogged filters. Stuffy air can cause nasal congestion, sneezing, nausea, itchy nose and throat, watery eyes, coughing, fatigue, restlessness, and asthmatic attack in people plagued by allergies. Make sure your regular office cleaning schedule includes cleaning of Air Filters atleast once every week.
  5. Reduced Mental Peace

    Unhealthy environment, bad quality air, strong unpleasant odor, and improper air ventilation adversely affect mental peace if left unchecked for long. If you have been constantly feeling tired lately, low quality indoor air could be the culprit. Reduced mental peace gives rise to scores of other problems like insomnia, irritability, anxiety, restlessness, fatigue, lack of concentration, mood swings, depression, lethargy, and constant headaches etc.

Solution to this menace?  Only one! Clean, inspect and maintain air vents regularly. Hire professionals if you love your business and hate to see a drop in the productivity of your workforce. Read more about the benefits of outsourcing office cleaning, indoor air pollution caused by compressed wood furniture in our news/blog segment

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