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Battling Sick Building Syndrome

If it seems like your employees are constantly sick, you could be battling sick building syndrome. Sick building syndrome is often a result of poor ventilation and HVAC maintenance that results in your employees suffering from health problems. All Temp, your AC Kisssimmee experts, can help you understand and prevent sick building syndrome. 

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Symptoms

When health-related problems occur due to spending time in a specific building, this is referred to as sick building syndrome. These symptoms tend to be experienced by multiple people and only while they are in the building; with sick building syndrome, symptoms disappear shortly after leaving. Symptoms of sick building syndrome include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Dry cough
  • Dry or itchy skin
  • Ear, nose, and throat irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea

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Causes

Sick building syndrome is caused by a variety of air quality factors, including ventilation, natural contaminants, and exterior pollution. Monitoring each individual cause of sick building syndrome can prevent both your building and employees from spending the workday feeling sick.

Air Quality
Asthma-like symptoms, such as coughing and headaches, can be a result of poor air quality.

Exterior Pollution
Exterior pollution, which includes motor vehicle exhaust, can easily make it inside your building. If the airflow in your building is stagnant, this can lead to fatigue, dizziness, and headaches.

Natural Contaminants
Pollen, bacteria, and mold are just a few of the biological contaminants that can cause sick building syndrome.

Poor Ventilation
Poor ventilation, such as stagnant airflow, can increase the irritation of both exterior pollution and natural contaminants, leading to sick building syndrome.

Improve Air Quality
Fighting sick building syndrome starts with your HVAC unit; regular maintenance can help improve air quality. There are four simple ways to improve air quality: increase air movement, frequently replace air filters, use organic products when cleaning, and stay on top of HVAC maintenance. In addition to preventing sick building syndrome, regular maintenance can lead to fewer repairs and lower energy bills. 

When it comes to defending against sick building syndrome, you need to start at your HVAC unit. Regular maintenance and cleaning can help prevent your employees from spending the entire workday feeling sick. At All Temp, your AC Kissimmee experts, we can provide both regular maintenance and repair. To learn more about our services, give us a call at (407) 857-7800.

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