Is your building sick? Is it making your employees and visitors sick? Yes, it’s true. Conditions in a building can affect its occupants’ health and safety. Common syndromes that could be making your employees and visitors sick are:
Sick Building Syndrome
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, one of the important factors that contribute to sick building syndrome (SBS) is inadequate ventilation. When a building has SBS, the overall business productivity is lowered because of employee discomfort. As traditional HVAC systems don’t circulate the air evenly, it creates pockets of stagnant and dead air. One indicator of SBS is if a group of employees who remain in one section always complain about the temperature and airflow in their workspace.
Sweating Slab Syndrome
Sweating slab syndrome (SSS) is a condition where moisture builds up on the concrete slab floors that are found in warehouse and industrial buildings. Many buildings used for storage or manufacturing purposes are designed to have floors that are as smooth as possible so that it is easy for forklifts or carts to get around the building. However, a smooth floor with moisture on it poses a threat to worker safety. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls are the leading cause of employee injuries, and slips because of moisture on the floor make up more than 10 percent of total falls. Additionally, the moisture from SSS can condense on products or materials being stored in a building and can cause them to deteriorate rapidly.
HVLS Fans Help Cure SBS and SSS
To prevent SBS and SSS, maintenance managers should consider high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans. HVLS fans help:
- Make Air Move
HVLS fans have large, aerodynamic blades that run at low speed on an energy efficient low-horsepower motor. As HVLS fans create cool breezes that provide comfort and energy savings, they have become popular in large open commercial, retail and agricultural facilities. By moving large volumes of air that alter the air’s molecular structure, HVLS fans help cure SBS and SSS.
- Make Air Healthier
Air temperature plays a big role in defining indoor air quality. Hot air stifles, irritates and lowers productivity. Cold air brings colds and flus. During summer months, HVLS fans mix the warm and cold air together to create a comfortable environment throughout the facility. In the winter, MacroAir’s fans have the ability to run in reverse, which brings the warm air at the ceiling down to mix with the cooler air below. By using HVLS fans to make indoor air healthier, SBS and SSS can be cured.
- Make Air Drier
Humidity causes that slick wetness employees feel on machine or desk surfaces and create that pasty, sticky feeling that takes their mind off what they are doing. The most effective solution to create drier air is making the airflow consistent and distributing it equally throughout the space. MacroAir’s HVLS fans do just this.
See How to Create a Healthier Environment
To precisely track the pattern and speed of air, MacroAir engineers developed an advanced, state-of-the-art, fluid dynamics modeling tool that replicates and displays the actual airflow in the building’s space. Using 3D technology, AirViz visualizes and forecasts airflow, temperatures, and cooling and heating effects. It also allows maintenance mangers to test multiple MacroAir fans in various locations throughout the building to help develop a plan to combat any of the above mentioned workplace air issues. With AirViz managers can virtually “try before you buy.” Check it out here.