When it comes to the health of your patients, you always want the best for them. Creating an indoor environment that puts your patients at ease while prioritising their health is critical. For clinics, this goes beyond caring for your patients’ immediate health needs. Maintaining healthy air quality reduces the risk of health conditions for your patients and your staff. Read on to find out how to improve air quality in your clinic.
What causes poor indoor air quality?
To tackle air pollutants, we must first uncover what causes poor indoor air quality.
Allowing dust to build up harms our indoor air quality. The visible and invisible dust particles present indoors are made up of an array of substances. While most dust is benign, there may be a small proportion that could trigger a health response if it is inhaled or swallowed. The presence of dust also attracts dust mites. The main component of dust is shed skin flakes; the preferred food source for mites. These mites tend to reside on furniture, bedding and carpet, and can aggravate asthma, nasal inflammation or eczema.
High and prolonged periods of humidity can lead to increased moisture within your building. This causes increased levels of mould. The presence of mould further risks increasing if your clinic is poorly ventilated. Like dust and dust mites, the presence of mould can trigger asthma and nasal inflammation.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals containing carbon that evaporate into the atmosphere at room temperature. They can be present in a diverse range of common products, such as cleaning agents, air fresheners, polishes or spray deodorants. The presence of VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose and throat and trigger lethargy or headaches.
How can you fix indoor air quality?
Add greenery to your space
Bringing greenery into your space not only breathes life into your clinic; it helps to detoxify the air naturally. For example, Devil’s Ivy (also called pothos or golden pothos) is an easy to grow indoor houseplant that helps to fight off common indoor toxins, such as xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. It also adds gorgeous colour to your space, and thrives in water, pots and hanging baskets.
If your clinic or office space is not equipped with effective filing systems, this can lead to problematic clutter. Not only does this clutter make finding important documents difficult, it can cause dust build up. Incorporating effective filing systems into your clinic’s fitout is a simple way to both control your clutter and eliminate dust.
Replacing old furniture
Clinics can eliminate air pollutants through better product selection. If your current furniture is hard to clean, it’s worth replacing it with washable, easy to clean furniture.
Air Conditioning replacement and services
Dusty air ducts force your heating and cooling systems to work harder to force air through clogged spaces. It also pushes unclean air into your clinic. If you’ve been tirelessly trying to reduce dust in your clinic but are still noticing a persistent build up, it may be caused by your air conditioning unit. Depending on how old it is, you should consider having it serviced or replacing it.
For clinics, undertaking proper cleaning practices is a non-negotiable. Unfortunately, this can increase the risk of VOCs circulating in the air. To help reduce the presence of VOCs, ensure your space is adequately ventilated – try to keep the windows and doors open when practical.
Keeping your space free of air pollutants is important to the health, safety and comfort your patients experience while in your clinic. Dentifit’s expert design team is well versed in the requirements for Dental and Medical Practices. We create dynamic spaces that are inviting while prioritising the safety of your patients and staff. Please contact us if you would like to know more about our services.