Many materials 'off-gas', which means they release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be harmful to our health. Once released, these particulates and chemicals attach themselves to porous materials and dust particles which then are transferred all throughout a space. Exposure can cause irritation, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and skin problems.
At Watson Consoles, air quality is a top priority. We utilize environmentally friendly manufacturing and materials that don’t off-gas, protecting both the air in your dispatch center and the environment.
Importance of Indoor Air Quality
The majority of Americans spend most of their time indoors, making indoor air pollution an important environmental consideration. Poor air quality impacts health, comfort, well being, and productivity. The EPA estimates that the nation loses tens of billions of dollars related to poor air quality each year. In a report to Congress, the EPA concluded that there would be higher productivity and fewer lost workdays if air quality improved.
Numerous factors contribute to indoor air quality, such as:
- Off-gassing materials like furniture, flooring, and paint
- Design, maintenance, and operation of building ventilation
- Moisture and humidity
- Occupant perceptions and susceptibilities
The EPA suggests three main strategies to help control indoor air quality:
- Start with managing the source of pollutants by removing or isolating with physical barriers, air pressure relationships, or timing of use.
- If unable to eliminate or reduce pollutants, use ventilation to remove or dilute.
- Lastly, proper filtration can assist in cleaning the air of any leftover harmful material.
Additionally, encouraging everyone in the building to take responsibility for their everyday actions that affect indoor air quality can help prevent problems from forming. Raising awareness of these simple things will foster a cleaner air environment: