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Is Your HVAC Unit Making Employees Sick?

Have you ever noticed that the moment one person in your office gets sick, every single person in your office falls ill shortly after? This could be due to sick building syndrome — a lovely way to say that poor ventilation can cause your employees to suffer from health problems. All Temp, your experts in air conditioning installation St. Cloud, can help you tackle this problem.

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Sick Building Syndrome

Sick building syndrome refers to health problems that are often linked to spending time in a particular building. Health problems often include:

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

Those suffering from sick building syndrome typically only have symptoms while inside the building; symptoms tend to disappear shortly after leaving. 

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Causes

Anything from air quality to exterior pollution can cause sick building syndrome. Knowing the different causes can help you prevent your building (and employees!) from spending the workday feeling sick.

Air Quality
Poor air quality can lead to asthma-like symptoms, including coughing and headaches. 

Exterior Pollution
Exterior pollution, such as motor vehicle exhaust, has no problems with making its way inside. If your airflow is stagnant, this can cause your building to experience sick building syndrome.

Poor Ventilation
When air doesn’t circulate, indoor pollutants can linger, leading to coughing, ear, nose, and throat irritation, and headaches.

Natural Contaminants
Indoor air pollution is a result of biological contaminants, such as bacteria, mold, and pollen, entering a building and growing due to stagnant air. 

Improving Air Quality

There are four main ways to improve indoor air quality: increasing air movement, using organic products such as organic cleaning solutions, frequently replacing air filters, and keeping up with HVAC maintenance. When it comes to fighting sick building syndrome, your HVAC unit is often your first line of defense. Regular maintenance can lead to fewer repairs, lower energy bills, and — most importantly — improved airflow and quality. To learn more about how you can improve your building’s air quality, check out our blog. And to get started on improving your building’s indoor air quality and preventing sick building syndrome, contact the air conditioning installation St. Cloud experts at (407) 857-7800.

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