5 Preemptive Measures for Maintaining Good Air Quality in Your Studio

5 Preemptive Measures for Maintaining Good Air Quality in Your Studio
By Oscar Collins

By Oscar Collins

Good air quality is essential for performing your best during exercise. Your body relies more on oxygen to support your muscles and lungs during physical activity. What preemptive measures can you take to ensure the air keeps your clients happy and healthy? Here are five strategies studio owners should use.

 

Usually, your lungs need about 0.5 litres of air with every breath.1 However, vigorous exercise means you’ll need about 3 litres for every breath, adding up quickly during a session. Maintaining solid air quality in your studio is critical for supporting clients as they improve their health.

 

What preemptive measures can you take to ensure the air keeps your clients happy and healthy? Here are five strategies studio owners should use.

 

1. Test the Studio’s Air Quality

One way gym owners can stay ahead of the curve is to test their facility’s air quality. Advanced devices like air quality monitors, carbon dioxide (CO2) meters and particulate matter (PM) sensors are some technologies you can use. These monitors used to be expensive but have become cheaper, more compact and easily installable throughout your gym.2

 

Air quality monitors are essential when the air deteriorates outside, thus compromising safety indoors. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) leads to eye, nose and throat irritation for your customers, plus excess fatigue.3 Test your studio’s air quality regularly to ensure the best experience. Place monitors around the gym for best practices.

 

2. Ensure Solid Ventilation

Your studio needs outside air flowing into your building, but you don’t want pollutants compromising the air quality. Ventilation is essential, especially when exercising in smaller facilities. Studios can feel cramped when a full class is in session, leading to unwanted smells and high temperatures. Solid ventilation will satisfy your clients from beginning to end in their workouts.

 

Improving ventilation can happen in several ways. Studio owners should consider getting an exhaust fan to circulate air. They excel at lowering humidity and removing stale air from your gym. Building owners should place exhaust fans in the most popular areas, such as weight training and cardio machines.

 

Exhaust fans can seem large for smaller studios, so another option is to install ceiling fans. Industrial-sized versions are optimal for circulating large swaths of air and regulating the temperature. They’re also energy-efficient, using about 1% of the power required to operate air conditioners.4

 

3. Regulate the Humidity

High humidity is generally unwanted inside fitness facilities because it makes clients uncomfortable. Moist air makes breathing harder and accelerates fatigue as people exercise. While it doesn’t cause a significant difference in exercise performance, it does matter when customers are recovering. A 2019 Wilderness and Environmental Medicine study finds heart rate variability (HRV) recovers quicker in dry conditions than in high humidity.5

 

Humidity is also a concern for studio owners because it fosters an environment for mold growth. Mold thrives in humid and damp places, whether outdoors or inside a health club. Exposure to this fungus can result in irritated eyes, stuffy nose or wheezing. People with lung issues in your studio are more at risk for fungal infections and may have trouble breathing.6

 

Controlling humidity is a must for studio owners. The most straightforward way to decrease levels is to incorporate dehumidifiers in the facility. These machines take moisture from the air and ensure a dry environment. Humidity can be easy to feel, but you should also use hygrometers to measure the air’s water vapour.

 

4. Clean With Low-VOC Products

The HVAC and other systems are critical for maintaining good air quality, but there are a few factors you shouldn’t overlook in your studio. For example, review your cleaning products and their impact on clients. These cleaners may eliminate bacteria from your surfaces, but they can also create dangerous pollutants in the air. People exposed to indoor pollutants can see immediate or long-term adverse health effects.7

 

The most dangerous aspect of household cleaners is their volatile organic compounds (VOCs). While these chemicals are commonplace, they can negatively affect human health by irritating your eyes, making breathing difficult and damaging your central nervous system.8 Replace your gym’s cleaning supplies with low-VOC products. Avoiding VOCs altogether may be difficult, but minimizing their presence will help client health.

 

5. Inspect the Sealants

Some studios incorporate outdoor air by opening doors and windows. While this idea improves ventilation, controlling when you want outdoor air to enter your facility is essential. You should minimize the amount of poor-quality air coming in without a filter. Protect your facility by applying caulk around the studio when necessary.

 

Caulk prevents damage by repairing the lining in your bathrooms and other areas with heavy water usage. Gyms with showers should pay attention to the caulk to reduce the risk of mold growth due to the humidity produced. Caulking seals air leaks and ensures outside air doesn’t compromise your facility.

 

Clean Air Leads to Happy Clients

Clients who come to your studio expect terrific service and air quality, so focus on ways to improve comfort and health for everyone. Good air quality means breathing easily and relaxing because the building is safe. 

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