Improved Air Quality for Office Buildings: GPS Ionization Technology
“The worst thing you could do for your immune system is coddle it.”
During winter months, people are spending more time indoors and less time going outside to get fresh air. Because of the increased time spent indoors around other people, office workers are at a higher risk of getting sick. When designing air filtration systems for office buildings, you can lower the risk of employees getting sick by including technology like the GPS needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI).
According to Dwight Schrute in The Office, “Exposing yourself to germs is the best way to make yourself stronger.” If you’ve never seen The Office, it’s an American sitcom that portrays the lives of office workers in Pennsylvania. Dwight is a quirky character with some extreme views on various topics. In the scene below, he outlines his views on how to strengthen your immune system in the office.
While we see how Dwight thinks exposing yourself to more germs is a great idea for your immune system, his tactics are meant to be funny and not taken seriously. One thing you can do to help keep office workers healthy is making sure the air they breathe is fresh and free of pollutants. Indoor air quality, also known as IAQ, includes everything from larger particles in the air, like dust and pollen, to smaller, ultra-fine particles, like viruses and bacteria.
Your first line of defense in purifying the air in your office space is fibrous filters. These filters vary in thickness, density, and diameter, and all those factors help remove large particles from the air. The smaller particles, like bacteria and viruses, aren’t always caught in the filters. If you already have this type of filtration, you may want to consider supplementing it with another type of air filtration device.
The NPBI technology involves equipment that releases ions into the air; an ion is an atom or group of atoms with an electric charge. These ions run into the ultra-fine particles in the air causing them to become charged. From there, these ultra-fine particles bunch together with other ultra-fine particles to form bigger particles that get trapped in the fibrous filters in your HVAC system. The video below illustrates exactly how needlepoint bipolar ionization works.
If you’re interested in GPS NPBI technology for your office building, contact one of our team members today and we’ll help you find the system that works best for you.
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Allison Hamilton is the Video & Marketing Coordinator for the Hoffman Family of Companies. She enjoys learning about the HVAC industry and meeting new people along the way.