By now, we have all heard about the recommended best hygiene practices that should be used for us to stay safe, like social distancing, handwashing, and wearing a mask when in public places. With states starting to ease up on the shelter in place restrictions in the coming weeks, many of us will be able to return to our offices, which may prompt the question of whether work places are safe for return.
It would not be practical for offices to duplicate a hospital environment with HEPA filtration or negative pressure air flow. However, there are some basic measures to promote health and wellness in the office, using the heating and air conditioning systems. These are basic measures but have a significant impact on health and wellness.
- HVAC systems should be air balanced. This means getting the desired amount of air to the right places.
- Supply fans should run continuously when the building is occupied. Not only does this keep the air circulating, it ensures fresh air is continually introduced.
- Fresh air to the system provides the ventilation, and there is a proper amount for your type of workplace. This can help create the safest and healthiest environment for you and your coworkers.
Here are some basic things to look for, which can indicate the HVAC system could be improved.
- Work spaces feel stuffy, with little or no air flow.
- Some spaces are too hot or too cold, while a majority of other spaces feel fine.
- Entrance doors are hard to close, or air felt rushing out when closing.