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Improved indoor air quality doubles cognitive function test scores

Improving the quality of indoor air in shared spaces can lead to results of occupants’ cognitive function tests increasing by over 100 per cent, according to a recent study.

The report, jointly conducted by the Harvard University TH Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University, found that employees’ cognitive performance scores were on average 101 per cent higher in spaces with enhanced ventilation than in conventional buildings.

Cognitive abilities play a crucial role in maintaining and increasing productivity, learning, decision making and safety, which underlines the importance of reducing airborne contaminants in workplaces, healthcare facilities and educational centres to name just a few.

Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems within occupied spaces can be a breeding ground for mould, bacteria and viruses. These contaminants reach building occupants via the airflow and jeopardise their health and wellbeing which can have a negative impact on productivity while increasing sickness-related absences.

Facilities managers can take steps to protect building users by installing an ultraviolet germicidal eradiation (UVGI) system within the air handling system.

UVGI systems apply the disinfecting power of ultraviolet C (UVC) light to the internal air handling unit surfaces – such as cooling coils and ductwork – which removes contaminants without the need for manual cleaning.

Not only does this provide safer, healthier air to building occupants, it helps maximise HVAC performance and reduce energy consumption.

Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions specialise in supplying and installing state-of-the-art HVAC surface disinfection systems. The innovative technology can be tailored to all areas of your building, from toilets to meeting rooms, with our engineers carrying out extensive testing and modelling prior to installation. In addition, our clients achieve return on investment via energy savings within two years on average.

To discuss in full the benefits Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions can help you to achieve, call Colin Hardman on 07940 544206 or email colin@ibbonsgroup.co.uk

 

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