Indoor Air Quality
Reopening Your Business in Four Easy Steps
July 27, 2020
As businesses in California will begin to reopen with care, it is essential to take extra precautionary measures to keep customers and employees safe. For years indoor air quality solutions have been part of Bonney’s expertise and recommendations for residential and commercial businesses alike. Now more than ever, many businesses are looking for additional options to do their part to keep their employees and customers as safe as possible. Beyond mask mandates, hand sanitizer use, and 6-feet social distancing rules, there are several options you can take advantage of designed to keep your facility safe and clean. Below are recommendations and educational tools to help learn about indoor air quality solutions helping you get your business prepared for reopening.
Step 1: Entire Unit Filtration Change
At the very minimum as a precautionary safety measure, we recommend your business complete an entire unit air filtration change before reopening. Filtration changes should occur quarterly, perhaps more frequently depending on the traffic in your building and amount of employees you have. This will help keep the air in your facility clean and remove any lingering contaminants that may be trapped in your building. Air filter replacement is an affordable service that should be completed in your quarterly maintenance visit. However, even if you are not yet due for an air filter change, this small precautionary measure can help give you peace of mind, make your air cleaner, and keep the workplace sanitary for reopening.
Step 2: Ultraviolet Light Installation
Long-term and advanced safety measures can help your business stay protected and clean during and beyond your reopening. Ultraviolet light installations have advanced greatly over the years and are effective safety measures. Their new technology removes 99% of mold, pollen, dust, and pet dander, removes or destroys 90% of flu and cold viruses, infectious bacteria, as well as destroys household odors. Germicidal UVC air filtration does more than just trap harmful viruses and bacteria running through the air—it kills them on the spot for enhanced safety. There is peace of mind in knowing that your air is being actively cleaned and comes with the benefit of knowing that you are going the extra mile to keep your community healthy.
Step 3: Duct Cleaning
When was the last time you had your duct system cleaned? For many businesses, your answer may be “never.” Unclean ducts can make your staff and customers sick due to the number of pollutants in indoor air compared to outdoor air – 70x more likely. This can cost you time and money in lost productivity. Now would be a great time to have your ductwork deep cleaned to remove respiratory irritants, bacteria, and contaminants that may live in your system. This provides a full reset of your air distribution unit and long-term benefits for the air circulating throughout your space – extending the life of your equipment, preventing avoidable breakdowns, and reducing energy costs in the long run.
Step 4: Maintenance Checks
Chances are, your HVAC and plumbing systems have been left idle during shutdowns. When systems go unused, they can be left hosting moisture and provide a breeding ground for bacteria. Leaving your HVAC and plumbing systems shut down can also give them time for issues to set in. Before reopening, we recommend you ensure your systems are clean and ready to run. Maintenance checks and tune-ups can guarantee that your business has what it needs to run safely and successfully
Reopening Cautions and Timing
The timing of reopenings will depend on the safety regulations in your area and any contagion concerns among your employees. However, it is never too early to begin getting your workplace ready and kickstarting sanitation initiatives. When implementing sanitary measures—such as ultraviolet airflow lights, for example—you will want to leave enough time for a professional consultation and installation. You will also want to give your new system time to run through a complete cycle before inviting customers inside.
Reopening Safety Services from Bonney
Here at Bonney, we look forward to supporting local businesses reopen their doors. Our professionals have the tools needed to ensure that your reopening is safe for your employees and your customers. We proudly serve homes and businesses in and around Sacramento, including Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Newcastle, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, and beyond. For help with each of these reopening safety precautions, contact the experts at Bonney today!