Self-storage operators have a lot on their plates, and air quality usually isn’t a top concern. Yet the quality of air in your self-storage facility can directly impact your bottom line. In addition to negatively affecting the condition of fragile items, polluted air leads to an unproductive and unhealthy workforce, limiting your ability to maintain a profitable operation.

With thousands of dollars a year riding on the state of your facility, it’s in your best interest to actively monitor and manage air quality. But most self-storage facilities feature dynamic physical environments, and monitoring the presence of unhealthy particulates is no easy feat. 

So, how can you cost-effectively control your facility’s air quality to better protect the value of your customers’ stored items as well as your employees’ health? 

The integration of Awair Omni with the PTI CORE platform simplifies environmental management and promotes improved air quality throughout your facility. By centralizing the monitoring and management of the air in storage and office spaces, your operation can reap the business and financial benefits of cleaner air.

The Benefits of Cleaner Air for Self-Storage Operations

Self-storage operations are vulnerable to an alarming variety of air pollutants, ranging from fine dust and mold to toxic chemicals and carbon dioxide. With the inside air in many facilities as much as five times more polluted than the air outdoors, offices and storage units can potentially present serious hazards to property and personal health.

By taking steps to improve air quality, your operation can reap several significant benefits — all of which ultimately affect bottom line business performance:

1. Higher Per-Unit Rates and Increased Customer Loyalty 

Air contaminants jeopardize the condition of the fragile and sensitive items stored in your facility. It’s not uncommon for poor air quality to erode the value of items that are particularly sensitive to particulates and other threats. For example, air particles can infiltrate cork, fouling liquids and significantly reducing the value of wine stored in your facility. Pollutants have a similar effect on cigars, textiles, antiques, technology, and other high-value items. By demonstrating a commitment to clean air, you can immediately increase topline revenue by charging higher per-unit rates than competitors who fail to manage airborne contaminants. Cleaner air also improves customer loyalty, transforming short-term customers into long-term tenants who trust your facility with their valuables and recommend it to others in their circles of influence. This brand recognition can be especially valuable for capturing additional revenue from new tenants in niche communities (e.g., wine collectors, cigar aficionados, etc.).

2. Healthier Employees

Employees spend a significant portion of their waking hours in your facility. So, it’s easy to see how your facility’s air quality can play a role in your employees’ quality of life, both on and off the job. Research shows that cleaner air translates to healthier, more productive employees. A joint study by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and United Technologies Climate Controls & Security found that work environments with “healthy” air quality ratings realized an additional $15,500 in revenue per employee each year due to performance improvement.  Additionally, healthy and safe work environments have been shown to reduce employee absences by 35 percent. Cleaner air means happier, healthier employees. By managing air quality in offices and other areas, you can increase productivity, reduce employee absences and limit churn — all key variables in your efforts to optimize the return on investments in human capital.

3. Improved Energy Efficiency

Whether you realize it or not, air quality affects energy efficiency in your facility. The impact of poor air quality is most acute for climate control systems, i.e., heating and cooling systems that control the atmosphere of storage and office spaces. According to the World Green Building Council, improved ventilation and adherence to indoor air quality best practices can result in up to 79% HVAC energy savings. Energy expenses are a significant line item in the budget of any self-storage operation, but costs skyrocket for facilities that offer climate-controlled storage options. Initiatives that promote improved air quality make your operation more energy efficient, producing outcomes that are beneficial to both the environment and net earnings.

Leveraging Technology to Improve Air Quality

In today’s industry environment, the implementation of advanced monitoring technologies is the most important thing you can do to improve air quality in your self-storage operation. 

Awair Omni is a cutting-edge solution designed to track levels of unhealthy particulates in designated areas of your facility. By monitoring the presence of dust, carbon dioxide, chemicals, humidity, and other variables, Awair Omni offers first-level defense against airborne threats, enabling you to proactively improve productivity, health and the safety of your customers’ stored items.

Available as an integration on your PTI CORE dashboard, Awair Omni consolidates multiple air quality metrics into an easy to understand “Awair Score,” making it easy for site managers to evaluate your facility’s air quality at a glance. If pollutants are detected, the system allows managers to identify the source of the threat and quickly act, mitigating damage to stored property and employee health.

Certified by RESET™(the world’s first sensor-based and performance-driven building standard and certification program) as an Accredited Grade B monitor, Awair Omni offers a continuous air quality monitoring solution that is essential for self-storage operators interested in achieving financial and competitive advantage.

Best Practices for Improving Air Quality in Self-Storage Facilities 

In addition to implementing an advanced monitoring technology like Awair Omni, there are several other steps you can take to improve air quality in your self-storage facility:

  • HVAC filters— Regularly change HVAC filters to prevent the distribution of unhealthy particulates throughout your facility.
  • Unit fans— Turn on HVAC unit fans to circulate air even when you are not using the systems for heating or cooling.
  • Particulate masks— Some self-storage operators are starting to provide N95 or N99 particulate masks for employees to use in the workplace.
  • Improved filtration systems— Better filtration protects your investments in HVAC systems and provides a safer environment for employees. 
  • Balance— Some buildings are designed to shut down air intake to reduce PM2.5. Awair Omni also enables you to monitor the inevitable increase in CO2. Striking the right balance is essential for ensuring employees and tenants are safe and comfortable.
  • Supplemental purification— Add-on floor purifiers can assist the performance of your HVAC system, and give visual reassurance to employees about the safety of the air in their work environment. 

Next Steps in Achieving Cleaner Air for Your Self-Storage Operation

Ready to turn cleaner air into business improvement and a competitive advantage for your self-storage operation? Contact us today and let’s start a conversation about how Awair Omni with PTI CORE integration can help improve your air quality and your operation’s bottom line.