As a way to mitigate virus infections, numerous schools and offices have started to open their windows more regularly to air out their buildings. However, is it an effective method to reduce infections? What are the risks involved with such practice? And with new variants on the rise, isn’t there a better solution to ensure our indoor environments are as safe as they can be?
As shown in numerous studies, infections tend to happen in indoor crowded spaces such as offices, meeting rooms and classrooms. Opening windows regularly allows for new fresh air to be brought indoors, and as a result might help reduce the risk of infections and improve concentration levels. It has been demonstrated in a recent study that opening windows regularly is one way of improving indoor conditions by allowing viruses to exit a room.
However, with winter around the corner, opening windows will not only let outdoor pollutants enter your building, it’ll also increase the risk of people getting sick from breathing cold air. Also, by letting cold air into the building the space will not only be ventilated but the temperature reduced too. Over time this will reduce occupant comfort, and require the space to be re-heated - with a consequent increased energy cost. That is until the C02 levels again become elevated and the Sisyphean cycle continues. With that being said, understanding the cost of opening your windows and therefore when you really need to open them and for how long is critical.
BlockDox is here to provide you with the data you need to know when to open your windows and for how long or when to adjust your ventilation system to successfully enhance your indoor conditions and much more. As an added value, this can help you control your energy spendings so you don’t end up overspending on bills.
Contact us now to discuss your air quality monitoring needs.