From restaurant restrooms to office break rooms to school locker rooms, there are many areas within facilities that can result in unpleasant malodors. Facility managers often turn to air care products to keep their facilities smelling fresh. But as air fresheners became more common in businesses and homes alike, concerns emerged about the efficiency and consistency of some products, as well as their safety. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that spray air fresheners are a common source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are known to have adverse effects on both human health and the environment.
There are many air care products on the market – and yet, at the same time, leading manufacturers are phasing out certain air care products. To make the most informed decision and prevent odors from impacting building occupants, facility managers should understand what to look for when purchasing air care solutions.
Keeping the Care in Air Care
Research shows that more than 20% of Americans report negative health effects from air fresheners, including migraine headaches, asthma attacks and respiratory difficulties. These issues make it imperative for decision-makers to carefully consider which air care products to purchase.
When considering switching to a new indoor odor control system, facility managers should ask the following questions:
As consumers increasingly seek environmentally friendly products, businesses should adapt by utilizing sustainable and safe options wherever they can, including in their air care programs. Look for products with the following attributes:
The Future of Indoor Air Care
As businesses begin to understand the risks and rewards of different odor control systems, they should keep in mind the growing public concern for the environment and potential health hazards. In response for increased demand for transparency, California passed a law – which will take effect in 2020 – requiring manufacturers of air fresheners to disclose known allergens and ingredients that appear on the state’s Department of Toxic Substances list of harmful chemicals.
Whether their air care system is being discontinued or simply in the market for a solution to manage odors, businesses should consider switching to innovative air care solutions that meet certain requirements. These include products that eliminate odors rather than masking them, last longer and dispense fragrance more consistently than traditional options, and account for environmental and public health concerns by excluding potentially harmful ingredients. With those foundations in place, businesses can keep even the rooms most susceptible to malodors smelling fresh and clean around the clock.