With more and more companies implementing corporate wellness programs involving everything from biometric screening to diet and exercise, the next frontier in health and productivity may be an office air purifier to improve office air quality.
A recent study by teams from Harvard and Syracuse Universities found that when ventilation was improved, and levels of carbon dioxide and emissions were reduced, employees performed 61% better on cognitive tasks.
Another study conducted on so-called “green” buildings found employees had 30% fewer headaches and respiratory complaints and performed about 27% better on cognitive tasks. They even slept better at night.
Some of the biggest contributors to poor air quality in the office are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are found in paints, furniture, and flooring, as well as deodorant, surface cleaners, dry cleaning and new carpeting. When combined with traffic fumes, pollen and industrial emissions from outdoors, office workers get the worst of both worlds.
How to prevent the flu at the office
People coming to work with colds can also be a significant source of lost productivity, as the sniffles (or worse) spread from person to person from airborne germs and contaminated surfaces. That makes cold and flu prevention at work a business issue.
Fortunately, an office air purifier can also make a big difference in flu prevention, especially during flu season, when everyone is putting flu virus into the air with their sneezes. Blueair air purifiers are also designed to remove virus and bacteria in addition to dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander and tobacco smoke.
The Blueair Pro series of air purifiers, for example offers powerful air purification performance in a small space – or practically none at all. An optional wall mount can keep Pro out of the way and make it easier to clean the floor. All Pro models are solidly built, with a galvanized steel housing to stand up to high traffic and are backed by an extended warranty.
The Pro XL is Blueair’s highest capacity air purifier and is designed for large rooms and open-plan workspaces up to 110 m2 (1184 ft2). It provides more clean air than any other stand-alone air purifier. In addition to keeping employees healthier, the benefits of an air purifier in the office include enhancing creativity and energizing everyone on the room. When the benefits of improved office air quality include higher productivity and lower absenteeism due to illness, an office air purifier can be a smart business investment.
Automatic control for peace of mind
Blueair Pro models are available with the Blueair Air Intelligence Module (standard on the Pro XL model). This module allows you to set your Pro unit to auto mode and take the guesswork out of air quality. It automatically tests particle and gas levels in your indoor air and adjusts the fan speed based on the air quality and continuously maintains the optimal clean-air environment. The results are displayed on informative, easy-to-read indicators.
High capacity, low noise, energy-efficient
The unique Blueair HEPASilent™ technology combines two air purification technologies – electrostatic and mechanical filtration – to bring you the best of both worlds. With HEPASilent™ technology, our Pro air purifiers combine the highest Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) with whisper-silent operation. In fact, Pro works so quietly that you might have to check to make sure it’s switched on. And it uses less electricity than a light bulb.
Advanced, v-shaped filters are foldable for easy storage and clean handling. Pro’s filters fit all three models, making Pro a smart choice when you need different sized air purifiers for different rooms. The Blueair SmokeStop™ Filter gets rid of gaseous pollutants like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from typical cleaning and sterilization products as well as particles. For extra protection against gaseous pollutants, use a Blueair Carbon+ Filter as an add-on filter with either the Blueair Pro Particle Filter or Blueair SmokeStop™ Filter.
Cold and flu season tips for the office
When the cold and flu season is in full swing, we need to use all the aids available to help prevent becoming infected, from boosting your immune systems to disinfecting surfaces to cleaning the air of airborne viruses. Here are a few tips to avoid colds and the flu.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Disinfect keyboards, phones, and surfaces regularly – after landing on a surface a virus can live another 24 hours.
- Get enough sleep, since sleep can boost your immune system.
- Avoid stress because stress can weaken your immune system defences.
- Use an indoor air purifier certified for bacteria and viral removal.
The Blueair Classic family was tested by accredited CAS Test Technical Services, it removed 99.99% of H1N1 influenza, as well as more than 99.9% of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Aspergillus Niger.*