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What is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?
Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers, to the ‘quality’ of the air within an indoor space. In this case, ‘quality’ is described in terms of how ‘fresh’ or ‘clean’ the air is. A good IAQ is marked by the absence of air pollutants, including animal dander and dust, as well as good circulation of the air throughout the entire space.
Why Is It Important to Maintain Good IAQ At the Office?
Every human being breathes about 7,570 litres of air every day and, if you work in an office, the air in your workplace accounts for at least one-third of your daily intake. Given these statistics, it isn’t surprising that the quality of the air we breathe at work affects our health and productivity.
Here’s a list of reasons why having healthy air quality is crucial for office spaces today:
1. Boosts productivity
Generally, greener office environments are associated with higher cognitive functioning. This means that fresh air helps us to think logically, retain information, and concentrate better. Thus, upgrading the air quality in the office increases overall productivity levels. The cognitive performance score of a green office environment is twice as high as a typical office environment where the air is stale and not properly circulated.
Research conducted by industry-leading health and building experts suggests that doubling the ventilation rate in a standard office – which costs less than $40 per person per year on average – results in 8% improved employee performance. Over the course of a year, this 8% increase translates to a $6,500 increase in productivity overall.
2. Promotes Employee Wellness
People who spend their breaks by stepping outside for a walk will agree when we say that fresh air has a miraculous effect on our ability to relax and reduce stress. Several scientific studies have confirmed the vital role that air quality plays in the collective health and well-being of office workers.
The research is conclusive: fresh air increases the flow of oxygen in the body, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, strengthens the immune system, cleans the lungs, relieves stress, and sharpens the mind through greater oxygen exchange.
On the other hand, air pollutants trigger health issues such as eye and respiratory irritations, fatigue, nausea or cold-like symptoms. Eliminating them is a foolproof way to boost the comfort, health, and well-being of the entire offices’ fleet of workers.
3. Creates A Happier State of Mind
The number of negative ions present in the air also influences our mood. There are tens of thousands of negative ions in the air at the beach, beside a waterfall, and in the mountains. On the other hand, it is very difficult to maintain high levels of negative ions at work or at home due to the lack of fresh air rotation and the staleness of the air- even air conditioning reduces its levels of negative ions. Consequently, people can experience fatigue, mood swings, depression, and lose concentration due to a lack of negative ions, resulting in a less productive workplace and decreased productivity.
How to Improve IAQ At the Office?
Finding ways to get the fresh air in and circulate it throughout your office space is the key to taking full advantage of these benefits and achieving great IAQ. Having a powerful air purifier with an exceptional accuracy like JADE™2.0 from Surgically Clean Air is one of the best ways to remove office-related VOCs from the air.
What Is JADE™2.0 by Surgically Clean Air?
As one of the world’s most advanced standalone commercial-grade air purifiers, Surgically Clean Air’s JADE™ is an air purification system that offers superior air cleaning through sophisticated filtration systems, high volume airflow capacity and lower sound levels.
Here’s what sets these systems apart:
- Robust technology
Made with premium steel construction, visual sensors for real-time air quality monitoring and multi-stage filtration system.
The ultra-fine particulate filter, HEPA-Rx, exceeds or meets the general guidelines for surgery applications. Generally, HEPA filters only remove particles larger than 0.3 microns, so many viruses and bacteria are able to pass through. (Viruses are generally 0.1 microns in size) However, the filters on JADE™2.0 have been independently tested to capture 99.998%* of airborne particles down to 0.1 microns.
- Whisper quiet
Equipped with noise-cancellation capabilities through a sound dampening design that enables the devices to operate at a range of 37dB – 58dB. It’s quieter than most household dishwashers and helps keep your team on task without any auditory distractions.
- Moves a lot of air
Easily cleans and purifies large spaces with multiple air changes per hour.
- Low Operating Cost
If you combine robust technologies and the capability to move a large volume of air, these systems have the lowest cost per cubic foot of air cleaned over a 5-year period.
Some other useful features include:
- Real-time IAQ monitor – digital display reads the levels of particulate matter in the air.
- Real-time VOC monitor – LED light reads blue/orange/red indicating the level of VOCs in the air.
- Hands-free operation – Different modes/fan speeds can be activated simply by waving the user’s hand over the unit once it is powered on. These hand gesture controls work efficiently and effectively without risking cross-contamination. The device comes with a remote control system as well.
How Does JADE™2.0 by Surgically Clean Air Work?
Here’s a walk-through of the step-by-step process of how the purification devices work.
- The pre-filter stage catches the largest particles as room air is drawn through the intake chamber.
- The HEPA-Rx filter captures >99.9% of the ultrafine particulates down to 0.0025 microns in size.
- The activated carbon filter adsorbs VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)- noxious odors, chemicals, and gases.
- The UV-C+ lamp is implemented to eliminate (reduce the concentration of) airborne pathogens.
- Before the pure, clean air is circulated back into the room, the air is revitalized with negative ions. Studies have shown that Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness and more mental energy.
Fresh Air Is a Top Priority with a Shared Benefit
Workplace wellness is here to stay, and one of the best ways you can support your team’s overall wellness is by prioritizing clean air in the office.
Even the cleanest of facilities can develop bad odors and suffer from poor ventilation, but the good news is that we can help! At Office Interiors, we understand that to perform at your best, your workspace needs to be comfortable and safe.
If you’re interested in looking into an air purification system for your office space or would like to know more about Surgically Clean Air’s JADE™2.0, reach out to one of our team members. We’d love to hear from you!