It’s alarmingly easy to forget about your premises’ ventilation system. As a ‘taken for granted’/workaday part of offices, commercial facilities and warehouses, assuming that everything is a-ok when it comes to your vents is normal. So normal – in fact – that as dust and bacteria build up, it’s difficult to notice your property becoming increasingly stuffy.

Why clean vents count

Yet, fail to notice this change and you could be subjecting staff, visitors and customers to unpleasant smells, mustiness, stuffiness as well as allergy-triggering dust and pollen. These problems aren’t just immediately unpleasant and uncomfortable, they can also be detrimental to productivity. Fresh air in the workplace keeps employees feeling awake and focused. Stale, stuffy air is a recipe for sleepiness and low levels of motivation.

There is even the possibility that dirty ventilation could make the inhabitants of your premises unwell. Bacteria which accrues in vents can be spread on the air, increasing workplace sickness that directly negatively affects your business. Little known but increasingly problematic, SBS (Sick Building Syndrome) now affects many workers and is often linked to unhealthy airborne particles like dust and spores as well as poor quality ventilation.

Ventilation maintenance and cleaning isn’t just essential to staff health and happiness, it’s also a legal responsibility for employers. According to Regulation 6 of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) Workplace Regulations 1992 Approved Code of Practice: “Mechanical ventilation systems (including air-conditioning systems) should be regularly and properly cleaned, tested and maintained to ensure that they are kept clean and free from anything which may contaminate the air.”

Keeping vents clean

That means keeping your vents clean and clear is essential to maintaining a healthy, happy and productive workplace or commercial facility. As we’ve already mentioned, overlooking ventilation is common. We don’t often pay attention to the ventilation that “exhales” the air we breathe, given that they’re often tucked away or high up on a wall… but take a look and you may be surprised by just how dusty and dirty your vents are. This is dirt and dust which you and your employees are breathing in all day.

An experienced professional cleaning company will be able to completely cleanse your ducts and add this task to their cleans, ensuring that your commercial premises is a healthy and pleasant environment to be in.

Looking for expert office cleaning services that will keep your commercial space in fantastic condition? The Abbey Cleaning Service has provided top quality commercial cleaning across South Wales for over 40 years. Call us today on 029 2067 9323 to find out more!

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