If you’re in the restaurant business, you know how critically important sanitation and cleanliness can be to your long-term success. The government requires it, and your customers and employees demand it.
Food preparation areas, customer tables and chairs, floors and restrooms are always demanding to be cleaned and sanitized in the restaurant business. However, one area that can sometimes be overlooked is managing air quality in restaurants. Keeping indoor air quality clean can contribute to the health and well-being of your patrons and employees.
Even the Wall Street Journal agrees; recently, they reported that businesses should update their air systems and taking additional measures like, renting HEPA filtration systems in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in indoor spaces.
What Factors Contribute to Indoor Air Pollution in Restaurants?
Indoor air pollution is a hot topic these days as the majority of people spend a lot of their lives inside office buildings, homes, and other indoor facilities like stores and restaurants. Multiple factors can contribute to indoor air pollution in restaurants including:
- Cooking Odors
Although cooking is usually a pleasant scent, especially if you’re hungry, some odors and particles from different cooking methods can be released into the air.
- Pollen, Dust and Debris
Customers can bring indoor air contaminants on their clothing and belongings. Outdoor pollen, dust, or other allergens contribute to indoor air pollution.
- Chemicals and Particles
Everything from paper to furniture can spread particles into the air. In addition, all cleaning solutions or other chemicals used for sanitation or maintenance can affect restaurant air quality.
Improving Indoor Air Quality in Restaurants
Several different kinds of equipment can be used to help improve restaurant air quality for you, your employees, and customers. Many filter the air on an ongoing basis or help remove things like moisture from the air to make the environment more comfortable. Here are a few of the most effective solutions.
- Air Scrubbers
By using a portable air scrubber, you can filter air particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. Similarly, HEPA negative air machines operate with 99.97% efficiency and use three stages to ensure that your indoor air is cleaner and healthier for your employees and customers.
If humidity levels are higher than 50% in your restaurant, you may not only be making employees and customers uncomfortable, but your space can also be a breeding ground for mold and fungus issues. Dehumidifiers can keep humidity levels in check and help reduce indoor air pollution.
- Air Duct Inspection
Another way of managing air quality in restaurants is to have your air duct system cleaned and inspected. Since this network helps circulate air throughout your restaurant, you want to make sure it hasn’t accumulated dirt, debris and other particles over the years.
- Ventilation Systems
Be sure that your cooking ventilation systems are cleaned, inspected, and tuned-up as needed to ensure that they’re working efficiently and effectively.
For more information about improving restaurant indoor air quality, contact Priority Rental at 1-800-810-4181. We offer air scrubber and dehumidifier rental solutions as well as temporary heating and cooling options for businesses undergoing an HVAC system upgrade.