When you think about indoor air quality problems for your commercial facility, your mind probably goes directly to contaminants circulating through the ventilation system or various indoor pollutants. But one of the biggest issues for commercial indoor air quality is negative air pressure.
The simple definition of negative air pressure is that it’s when the air pressure inside the building is lower than the pressure outside the building. This often happens in commercial and industrial facilities because of over insulation designed to improve energy efficiency. If not enough outdoor air can enter because of the strong heat-sealing, the indoor pressure will be lower than the outside. Negative air pressure can also happen because of poorly constructed or damaged ventilation systems or malfunctioning equipment that draws on too much air inside the space.