Indoor air quality is absolutely important not just at home, but particularly in the workplace. Many workers spend the majority of their days in carpeted office spaces. When indoor air quality is poor, employees take more sick days and are less productive.
The indoor air quality of an office is influenced primarily by the indoor surfaces, such as the ceiling, walls and floor. Out of these surfaces, the floor has the most impact on the quality of air employees are breathing.
While it is always a good idea for businesses to install and maintain a good air purification system, it is important to know the impacts, both positive and negative, that carpet has on your indoor air quality.
New carpets pose potential issues with air quality right away. The carpet itself, as well as its padding and the glue used to make it, are often made with the use of harsh chemicals. Newly installed carpets might release these irritants into the air and have a negative impact on the air quality and on your employees’ health.
Old carpets can cause health concerns as well. Significantly, bacteria, dust, dirt and other things, such as mould, can snuggle down into your carpet and pose health risks and threats to your office’s air quality. Even cleaning products that use chemicals can leave these chemicals behind, trapped in the fibres of the carpet, such that they build up and negatively impact the air quality over time. If you have old carpets, you will almost certainly benefit from having an air purification system installed by a trusted installation company in your area.
The Bottom Line
When a business fails to prioritize air quality, employee health decreases. Employees take more sick days and studies show that they are also less productive. Morale decreases.
Because of this, it is important that you maintain regular care of your carpets to prevent as much negative impact on the air quality as you can. Nonetheless, there is always a risk and the only truly effective means of maintaining a good indoor air quality is through the use of an air purification system.
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