March 2, 2022
If indoor air quality (IAQ) wasn’t on our minds before the pandemic, it is now. We have a heightened awareness of the factors that contribute to the spread of airborne diseases, such as COVID-19. Looking ahead to the health and wellness trends in homes and offices, it is clear that we cannot ignore the invisible. The quality of the air we breathe not only affects virus transmission, but can also pose both short- and long-term health risks if not monitored.
In fact, a recent survey by Honeywell found that 72% of office workers are concerned about the air quality in their buildings. They want regular updates on the quality of their building’s air. Some of those people would even consider leaving their job if their employer doesn’t take steps to create a healthier indoor environment. While this should come at no surprise since employees are reexamining where they want to live and work, it is eye-opening for leaders. The status quo will not do. There is an urgent call for investing in clean indoor air today.
We asked our Awair product experts for trends in IAQ in 2022. Here’s the short list:
Awareness of indoor air quality at home and in the office is rising to a new level. With changes to our living habits along with evolving environmental conditions, we want to see what’s in the air we breathe because we are nothing without our health. Monitoring the air is the first step in understanding the activities that contribute to IAQ anywhere we spend time indoors.
Maintaining classroom and office indoor air quality can have measurable benefits—Awair Business can help you improve student and teacher wellness, cognitive ability, and your bottom line.
As many students, teachers, and administrators return to in-person learning this fall, there are mixed feelings about health and safety. School districts have come under heat time and time again for building issues, particularly in underfunded communities. For instance, a 2020 report from the United States Government Accountability Office found that “one-third of public schools were estimated to have inadequate heat, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.” Since COVID-19 spreads most rapidly in poorly ventilated areas, there is urgency amongst school leaders to improve indoor air quality and, therefore, reduce the spread of lingering airborne viruses.