Typically, you don’t think of the quality of the air that you are breathing in when you enter into your work place each day. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the average person takes between 17,280 and 23,040 breaths a day, which means that the air in your work environment plays an important role in your work productivity and your overall health.
In this blog you will find important information and an easy-to-follow infographic which illustrates just how important good indoor air quality (IAQ) is to workers and how large commercial fans help improve IAQ. The data is staggering and the air flow solution will surprise you.
It’s Up in the Air
People are exposed to pollutants in the environment by the air that they breathe indoors. These pollutants can come from anywhere including daily use of products and materials. As compared to outdoor air, the air in indoor environments is said to be 2-5 times more polluted. The importance of proper indoor air quality cannot be underestimated because it can lead to sickness, allergies and an uncomfortable environment. MacroAir’s GreenCE.com online course: Be Cool: How Designers Can Improve Thermal Comfort with HVLS Fans states:
“According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors where concentrations of pollutants are often much higher than they are outside.” –GreenCE.com
Other information directly attributable to poor indoor air quality (IAQ):
- 20% of employees suffer from major illnesses tied to indoor air pollution
- Harmful, non-living indoor contaminants include: formaldehyde, tobacco smoke, grease, pollen, asbestos, dirt, lead, ammonia, pet dander, etc.
- Microorganisms in indoor air include: mildew, mold, viruses, bacteria, dust mites, etc.
The Health Impact
Various health issues occur because of poor indoor air quality. It can lead to irritation and dryness on your skin, in your throat, in your eyes and in your nose. Headache, fatigue, allergies and hypersensitivity are also common symptoms. Other symptoms include nausea, dizziness, sneezing, coughing, sinus congestion and fatigue. All these problems can be avoided by simply maintaining good indoor air quality.
“Common health impacts include increased allergies and asthma from exposure to indoor pollutants, particularly those associated with building dampness and mold, colds and other infectious diseases that are transferred through the air, and sick building syndrome symptoms due to elevated indoor pollutant levels as well as other indoor environmental conditions.” – GreenCE.com
- 50% of all illnesses are associated with or exacerbated by indoor air pollution (American College of Allergies)
- According to World Health Organization (WHO), 40% of all buildings pose serious health threats including cancer, TB, Influenza, COPD, asthma, eye irritation, allergies, sick-building syndrome, etc.
The Financial Impact
According to a study conducted by William Fist, head of the Indoor Environmental Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the estimated annual economic costs of common respiratory illnesses are the following (Fisk and Rosenfeld 1997):
- 180 million lost workdays
- 120 million additional days of restricted activity
- $36 billion ($140 per person) in health care costs
- $70 billion ($270 per person) total cost
Think of what you could do with all those extra work days and billions of dollars.
“The potential reductions in health costs and absenteeism and improvements in work performance from providing better IAQ in nonindustrial workplaces in the U.S. are estimated to be in the high, ‘tens of billions of dollars annually.’” (EPA 1989; Fisk 2000; Mendell et al. 2002)
Breathing is Better with a Breeze
When MacroAir large ceiling fans are installed into an indoor workspace, be it commercial or industrial, they can help improve IAQ by circulating stale, contaminated air and improving air circulation through optimal air movement.
- Biological contaminants:Increased air movement from MacroAir large industrial fans helps remove excessive concentrations of bacteria, viruses, fungi (including molds), dust mite allergen, animal dander and pollen.
- Chemical pollutants:Large industrial fans can help remove chemical pollutants including emissions from products typically used in warehouses.
“High quality indoor environments also enhance productivity, decrease absenteeism, improve building value, and decrease liability for building designers and owners. Good indoor air quality can influence the way people learn, work, and live.” – GreenCE.com
Properly managing indoor air quality isn’t just about being comfortable, it’s also about staying healthy. By utilizing large industrial fans, you can greatly reduce the air pollution that is present in many indoor work environments.
Click the link below to learn more about how MacroAir fans can help provide good indoor air quality for your warehouse.