Why facility managers need to address indoor air quality

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a vital part of a facility manager’s day-to-day responsibility, which is why we made it the featured topic when we hosted a monthly meeting of the Northern Illinois chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in Itasca.

“IAQ is the next frontier in well-being for facility managers,” said Jeff Dryfhout, our Global Director of Marketing, Air Treatment for AeraMax Professional, to several dozen IFMA guests. Attendees included facility/operation managers from Allstate, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Schaumburg Park District and many other organizations.

Dryfhout explained the connection between indoor air quality and workplace productivity and absenteeism, as well as IAQ’s effect on overall employee care, health and well-being. A few key stats included:

  • The cost of an absent employee is estimated at $2,650 per year, which could cost a business of 400 employees or more $1 million-plus per year.
  • One in four new or renovated buildings might have what’s known as “sick building syndrome.”
  • The EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.

We also discussed AeraMax Professional’s vital role as the only air purification solution that fights against odors, germs, allergens, VOCs and other problem-causing air impurities, helping to remove 99.9% of airborne particles. We want facility managers to feel confident knowing they’re providing the best possible indoor air quality in their buildings and make clean indoor air the new standard in shared spaces.