Almost one year into the coronavirus pandemic, It’s common knowledge that COVID-19 is an airborne disease, begging the question how can you get improved air quality and ventilation in your office space? It all starts with your HVAC system and outfitting your current system with solutions approved by the FDA for improved air quality and ventilation. First, there’s the option for air filtration through UV lighting. The FDA releases the most up-to-date information about ways to achieve approved air quality and ventilation, including air filtration through UV lighting. They report that UV lighting has been used for years in hospitals. By using UV lighting inside air ducts to disinfect the air properly, UV lighting can be used to achieve improved air quality and ventilation. In addition to socially distant desk spacing, outfitting your office’s ductwork with air filtration through UV lighting is an option.
You could also consider bipolar ionization. This is another air-cleaning technology that has been around for decades to achieve improved air quality and ventilation. Bipolar ionization also works through your HVAC system. Getting bipolar ionization installed in your HVAC system can help remove the virus from the air via an electrostatic force. It is believed that bipolar ionization neutralizes the COVID-19 virus, leading to improved air quality and ventilation. One final way to achieve improved air quality and ventilation is by purchasing deeper, more fibrous air filters. While it is recommended to change air filters just every six months, by changing them more frequently or switching from budget air filters to deeper, more fibrous air filters, you can catch more of the unwanted allergens and viruses and remove them safely from your HVAC system. The one objection to upgrading ventilation for improved air quality and ventilation could be the unwanted, loud ventilation noises. That is one price you pay for safety and improved air quality and ventilation, but a solution that you could try would be purchasing low-cost white noise machines for employees that may be sensitive to the sounds. This would wash out some of the unwanted ventilation noise.