Poor Air Quality Inside Gyms Can Impact Your Workout

Did you know poor air quality inside gyms and fitness centers can have a profound impact on your workout? Whether it’s obvious or not, the combination of heavy breathing, sweat, odors, and pollutants circulating in the air can slow you down. To keep customers happy and healthy, gyms are required to implement proper commercial air filtration, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

In crowded gyms, the moisture from sweat, showers, and pools can build up quickly. All that excess moisture encourages the growth of harmful bacteria, mold, and allergens. The accumulation of bacteria can cause illness and infections, while the toxins linked to mold are known to cause respiratory problems.

To reduce moisture buildup, OSHA guidelines recommend temperature control be in the range of 68 to 76 degrees and humidity control range from 20% to 60%. Proper airflow and ventilation will also help lower moisture levels, but air conditioning and ventilation cannot control airborne pollutants.

According to a study by Building and Environment, gyms contain high levels of carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Carbon dioxide levels were especially high during group classes held in enclosed spaces. As we work out, we breathe heavily, which not only releases more carbon dioxide into the air, but also allows airborne bacteria, mold, and contaminants to travel deeper into our lungs.

In order to effectively remove odors and potentially harmful airborne pollutants, a commercial-grade air filtration system is recommended for continuous operation. Air filtration is the only way to ensure that indoor air is safe to breathe, promoting a healthy atmosphere for all. With a variety of air filters on the market, HEPA filtration is a great line of defense for eliminating up to 99.97% of airborne pollutants as small as .3 microns.

If you are looking to ensure better breathing air for your members, MatrixAir can help. With more than 30 years’ experience, MatrixAir is dedicated to manufacturing high-performance air filtration systems designed to accommodate any space.

To learn more MatrixAir air filtration systems or to find the perfect system for your space, call us at (603) 863-7553 or click here to contact us.


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