27Feb 2018
MEP Consultants in Dubai Recommend Fresh Air – Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) impacts employees’ comfort and productivity
MEP Consultants in Dubai Recommend Fresh Air – Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) impacts employees’ comfort and productivity

It is no surprise that UAE residents spend most of their time inside, whether it is at home or at work. What most people don’t realise is how critical indoor air quality can be to comfort and health. That’s why engineering companies in UAE recommend regularly reviewing your building’s systems to address any issue that might prevent good quality air from circulating throughout the structure. Below, we take a look at what you need to consider, to create an optimal indoor environment with excellent air quality.

1. Identify pollutant sources

Engineering consultants in Dubai check both inside and outside the building as pathogens and irritants can enter from any breach or from poorly maintained building systems. Examples include biological contaminants (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and dust mite allergen), which can accumulate when air flow mechanisms are not regularly cleaned, chemical pollutants (such as tobacco smoke and emissions), and particles (dust, dirt, etc.). No matter the pollutant, the aim is to minimise exposure and eliminate the problem, when possible. Scheduled cleanings and maintenance can both help identify and repair any issue before it becomes a costly mess that affects occupants throughout the building.

2. Varying risk factors

Of course, different pollutants have varying risk factors. High levels of carbon monoxide can cause death quickly and tobacco smoke can cause lung cancer, over the long term, and respiratory problems, over the short term. Similarly, people may experience a variety of responses, with children experiencing more severe reactions than adults. Engineering companies in Abu Dhabi and engineering consultants in Dubai can help you prioritise any indoor air quality issues so that the most dangerous or uncomfortable can be addressed first.

3. HVAC systems are the solution

The design and layout of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system can make all the difference for indoor air quality. The HVAC system includes all the equipment that ventilates, heats and cools, moves the air around, and filters/cleans the air. The better the system’s design and installation, the more regularly and efficiently pollutants will be removed. That’s why it’s critical to consult experienced MEP consultants in Dubai to ensure that your system meets your indoor air quality needs with the appropriate parts and power to suit the total occupied indoor area.

4. Except when they’re the problem

Without proper planning and installation, HVAC systems can work against you by distributing pollutants, such as dust and smoke, through the vent system. Ductwork problems can create hidden pollutant sources, such as mold, when moisture collects. Therefore, engage knowledgeable MEP engineers in Dubai to configure the HVAC system’s air delivery capacity based on the projected number of people and the usage of particular areas. Ideally, this calculation occurs at the design stage and is regularly reviewed during construction.

5. Ensuring air quality is an ongoing process

If any variable changes, the HVAC system may need to be altered to ensure that the system meets the new requirements. No matter what, there should always be enough outside air coming in, circulating, and venting in order to dilute and remove pollutants. Filters are also critical to trap pollutants from outside, such as pollen or dust, before they can affect occupants. Again, equipment maintenance is key to this process and working with trusted engineering companies in UAE is a great way to make sure the good air will keep flowing.

So, whether it’s through the eradication of pollutant and odor sources, fixing of faulty designs, or the maintenance and operation of building ventilation systems, air quality can ensure the safety and well-being of building occupants, which means higher productivity and fewer lost work days.

For more information on indoor air quality, contact JPW Group at info@jpwgroup.co.

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