The National Institute of Health (NIH) describes sick building syndrome as “a situation in which the occupants of a building experience acute health- or comfort-related effects that seem to be linked directly to the time spent in the building.”
There are several factors that can contribute to sick building syndrome. Two primary concerns are biological (or microbial) contaminants and inadequate ventilation. While there is no magic bullet, here are ways that a Hunter HVLS fan can help to overcome these two causes of sick building syndrome.
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Liquid
Air quality can deteriorate in the workplace through microbial contamination. This can consist of any combination of microbes including viruses, fungi, bacteria, mold, and other particles. OSHA links the existence of these contaminants to a high humidity environment that can be caused by factors such as water damage in the building, unattended spills, and high-humidity indoor areas.
An HVLS fan moves air consistently and at a higher velocity than traditional fans, resulting in improved overall air circulation, which leads to lower humidity levels. Using an HVLS fan to manage issues with moisture and humidity offers additional safety measures not possible with floor fans, including the removal of visible cords and the ability to operate multiple fans from a single HMI control.
Let Your Building Breathe
Another important way to avoid sick building syndrome is to ensure that your building has proper ventilation. From improving air circulation and keeping harmful contaminants at bay to replacing internal air with fresh air from the outside, avoiding stale and stagnant air quality is a key element in keeping your building healthy. In fact, the NIH cites ventilation and air distribution as the number one way to maintain proper air quality, in turn reducing the chance that your employees’ health could be compromised.
At Hunter Industrial, a division of the trusted Hunter Fan Company, we understand that your employees are your greatest asset and that keeping them healthy and safe is a top priority. A Hunter HVLS fan not only helps enhance facility safety and improve comfort by increasing ventilation and overall air movement, it does so with a combined value of one of the lowest first costs to install in the industry and a virtually maintenance-free platform.