We all know that humans need clean air to breathe, but the effectiveness and importance of our ventilation systems is often overlooked. With so many modern buildings designed to have superior insulation and energy efficiency, the lack of fresh air flowing through them can lead to a wealth of issues - all of which have become a high priority for business owners and employees during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As we begin a phased return to the office it is vital that we assess and maintain our systems to ensure that we are providing the cleanest possible air. In our latest blog post, operations director Stuart Flint highlights the five benefits of having an effective ventilation system.
1. Removing pollutants and impurities
Essentially, ventilation systems are designed to remove stale indoor air and replace it with fresher air from outside, with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems working together to remove water vapour and odours, control humidity and extract any airborne pollutants.
Even for those living in a busy city centre, the air inside can often be more polluted than the air outside, with bacteria, moisture and pollutants trapped within your four walls. Having an effective HVAC system installed will remove these pollutants and circulate good quality air throughout the building.
2. Reducing moisture and condensation
Water vapour and condensation can wreak havoc on a building’s infrastructure and can often lead to mould and rotten surfaces, both of which you should try to avoid as much as possible. Not only does this result in costly repairs, it can cause a number of health issues - such as allergic reactions and respiratory problems.
Ensuring your ventilation systems are working properly will help to reduce these risks by extracting moisture and water vapour from the air, keeping your building clean and dry.
3. Managing room temperature
While cramped offices and large events may seem like a thing of the past, rooms can feel hot and stuffy with only a couple of people in a room. Not only does this make for an uncomfortable working environment, increased temperatures in an office can actually make you less productive.
Ensuring your space is well ventilated will keep rising room temperatures low, allowing for a more comfortable work setting.
4. Energy Efficiency
As we continue to adapt and change our approach in an attempt to reach net-zero, it is becoming increasingly important to review the technology being used to ensure that it is energy efficient. For example, installing a heat recovery system can improve energy efficiency by up to 40% which results in reduced emissions and a lower energy bill.
5. Health and safety
Poor air quality has a huge effect on contracting illnesses. It can quickly create a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria, and increases the risk and severity of symptoms of a number of health problems, from headaches and allergies to asthma and cold and flu viruses.
Correct ventilation systems are vital to the comfort, health, and safety of everyone who uses your building. With an effective ventilation system to remove impurities and circulate clean air, these health risks can be drastically minimised, ensuring your team is kept safe and productive at work - as they should be.
At Aircon Scotland, we can design and install ventilation solutions that ensure your building receives fresh and clean air in the most efficient way.
Email or fill out our contact form and a member of our team will get in touch to discuss how Aircon Scotland can help maximise the efficiency of your ventilation system.