March 8, 2022
Clean indoor air quality is not simply a luxury in healthy homes and commercial spaces. Tenants expect their day-to-day living and working conditions to be pollutant-free. While Awair Omni can help you address COVID-19 cleaning protocols and building safety codes, it is now being demanded by tenants. “Why,” might you ask?
People spend 90% of their time indoors, according to the EPA. We cannot simply refuse to breathe, and we have no choice but to be exposed to the air quality publicly available to us. Without a doubt, if given the choice, we would prefer to breathe clean and healthy air. As a comparison, think of water. Consuming water that is free of contaminants is a necessity. Well, the air is no different. Health is the primary reason why tenants call for indoor air quality monitoring. Beyond that, they are often pleased to know that good air quality equals decreased absences and increased productivity. Take this opportunity to make some minor tweaks and stand out from your competitors in the process.
3 Steps to Improve IAQ Within Your Property:
Data is king when problem-solving and IAQ is no different. You won’t know if improvements are needed until you understand the baseline measurement of your rental space. The Awair Omni sensor looks at 7 IAQ factors including relative humidity, temperature, CO2, PM2.5 (fine particulate matter), TVOCs (total volatile organic compounds), noise, and light. Through examining trends over time, you and your team can make informed decisions on where to spend money, if needed. Your fix could even be as simple as changing out air filters or ventilating by opening windows or doors.
Air filters exist to trap and hold particulates and contaminants that could affect your health and comfort. These appliances can be bought in bulk and the regular replacement of these devices can maintain the value of your property. Think about it: No one likes to walk into a space for a tour and describe it as “stuffy.” Poor air quality can lower the value of your property because renters smell the difference. Plus, lower utility bills are a great selling point, especially for residential properties like apartment buildings.
If you have the ability to choose the type of flooring to have in your residential or commercial properties, we recommend selecting alternative flooring every time. This is hardwood, vinyl, laminate, or tile. Carpet collects a large amount of allergens, particles, and dust and is not so easy to clean. Trapped particles can eventually become airborne through day-to-day activities, such as walking on your carpet or even cleaning.
Whether it’s a multi-family property or an office space, there’s never been a better time to invest in IAQ monitoring. This starting point will help you figure out if there are any immediate threats to the air. From there, you can make some tweaks to get your properties back on track so you can charge the rent you deserve and show that your property is “greener” than the other spaces around you. Get in touch with Awair and let us know what questions you have about better indoor air quality. We want to help you meet your goals for current and future tenants.
The smells we associate with newness and cleanliness — a fresh coat of paint, a new carpet, lemon-scented disinfectant — are not as harmless as they may seem. These odors are caused by the release of gases called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in many common building materials and household products.
Meet Sarah Gudeman. She's the Director of Sustainability for Morrissey Engineering. In her review video, she talks about Awair Omni and how she uses it in her every day work for indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring. It measures several key environmental factors, including temperature, humidity, CO2, TVOCs, PM2.5, noise, and light. It's an approachable product for anyone, not just engineers or building professionals. Check out this webpage for more information on how to use the product in your organization to keep employees healthy and safe.
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