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December 31, 2018
Fact or Myth: Excessive CO2 is a serious productivity killer
Francesca Brady

Productivity is obviously key in businesses that rely on human labour, it’s also historically a very difficult factor to control. Your team can be vulnerable to a number of environmental conditions, some of which can now be measured and improved using the innovative IoT technology developed by Asset Mapping.

The first step is to understand how high levels of CO2 in the office air correlate with your teams performance and productivity.

 

The impact of air quality on productivity

The supply of fresh, oxygen-rich air is an underrated factor that plays a huge role in determining how productive your team are. It’s not hard to understand why – since the chemistry of the brain depends on sufficient levels of oxygen to support mental processes. CO2 is a toxic gas that causes symptoms detrimental to work ability such as the inability to concentrate, drowsiness and headaches.

When individuals are breathing stale, depleted air with high CO2 concentrations, it can impact their mood and health; they can become uncomfortable and physically less able to perform at a high level, particularly if the exposure is for long periods of time. The impact can be particularly severe for workers grappling with intellectually demanding tasks and managers who need to make important decisions.

 

How does CO2 build-up in the office occur?

Poor indoor air quality and pollution are typically responsible for increased C02 levels. Many business owners expect their buildings ventilation system to provide the appropriate influx of fresh air, but in some cases the replenishment of air doesn’t happen at a sufficient rate as C02 can increase rapidly.

This generally occurs in smaller, poorly ventilated rooms or spaces where a large number of people congregate ie meeting rooms. When CO2 levels climb over 1,000 particles per million, those who inhale the air can start feeling adverse effects, while concentrations over 2,500ppm can produce more visible impairments.

 

What can be done to limit the amount of CO2 in the air?

There are several ways to keep CO2 levels under control. The simplest one is to avoid putting too many people in small spaces, especially when there are an insufficient number of windows or ventilation ducts. Improving the ventilation system is another action that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on productivity.

 

As you can see, the negative consequences of poor quality office air are not a myth. Before making any significant changes to your space, It makes sense to acquire precise data. This will allow facility managers and business owners alike to fully understand the scope of any potential problem. For this purpose, smart sensors capable of measuring air compositions can be positioned at various locations around your building and monitored throughout the day, collecting valuable data to help pinpoint any issues.

To find out how to use the latest technology to help keep CO2 concentrations beneath harmful levels, talk to our team at Asset Mapping today.

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