The indoor air quality of a home or an office environment plays a vital role towards the health, well-being, comfort, and productivity of every person who works there. Having an improved indoor air quality is extremely important to any business, as a healthy workplace and environment can lead to fewer lost work days and higher productivity.
Improving Air Quality at Work
Many different factors have an influence on how indoor air pollutants affect the occupants of an office environment. Exposure to high levels of pollutants over long periods of time increases the risk of serious, life threatening illnesses and short-term exposures can result in irritation and significant respiratory problems. There are many easy to follow ways that can improve indoor air quality:
Ensure Proper Air Circulation
Make sure that all air vents and grills are free of obstruction. This allows the indoor air to circulate freely and ventilate wide areas of the office environment. Furniture, boxes, or other materials placed near supply vents or return air grilles can significantly affect air flow.
Proper Waste Disposal
Dispose of all waste and garbage promptly and in the proper manner. Leaving waste around the office environment can result in unpleasant odours, the growth of mold and bacteria, and the attraction of pests that can contaminate the air with their waste.
Observe Smoking Policy
Make sure that all employees fully comply with the building’s smoking policy. Tobacco smoke exposure can result in respiratory illnesses, breathing difficulties, and lung cancer and tobacco smoke in a building can increase costs for maintaining the ventilation system and for cleaning and replacing smoke-filled furnishings.
Isolate Ventilation Hazards
Actions and items that could release unhealthy contaminants or odours in the building should be confined to well-ventilated areas. Many products commonly used in offices, like solvents, adhesives, and pesticides, release chemical pollutants and odours. Office equipment, such as copiers, printers, and fax machines, can have harmful emissions as well. People react differently when exposed to the same contaminants at similar concentrations and exposure to low levels of contaminants emitted by these items may be irritating to people with asthma and other pre-existing conditions.
Use High Quality Air Conditioner Filters
High quality air filters will remove many contaminants and air pollutants from the indoor air when they are properly installed and maintained. Filters should be changed on a regular schedule to prevent the build-up of dust and other contaminants from being released back into the air flow. There are many different types of high quality air filters available, making it easy for owners to find the best types of air filters for their equipment.
Breathe Easy at Work
Good indoor air quality management practices can make a big difference in the quality of the indoor air in an office environment. Most indoor environmental problems can be prevented or corrected easily with the application of common sense and vigilance while other air quality issues can be resolved with the addition of high quality air filters to the building’s equipment. Good indoor air quality is dependent on the actions of everyone in the building, so a good working partnership between management and employees is the best way to maintain a healthy and productive office environment.
The Ultimate Saviour
Nature is the ultimate saviour to virtually eliminating allergens and pollutants. Since, not all can be so good at gardening and knowing things related to plants, the 15 listed plants below (which should be easily located wherever household plants are sold) will help you achieve a better quality of indoor air and alleviate many of your symptoms of sick building syndrome.
Scientific Name / Common Name
-> Philodendron Scandrens / Oxycardium or Heartleaf Philodendron
-> Philodendron Domesticum / Elephant Ear Philodendron
-> Dracaena Fragrans / Massangeana or Cornstalk Dreacaena
-> Hedera Helix / English Ivy
-> Chlorophytum Comosum / Spider Plant
-> Dracaena Deremensis / Janet Craig Dracaena
-> Dracaena Dereminsis Warneckii / Warneck Dracaena
-> Ficus Benjamina / Weeping Fig
-> Epipiremnum Aureum / Golden Pothos
-> Spathiphyllum Mauna Loa / Peace Lily
-> Philodendron Selloum / lacy tree philodendron
-> Aglaonema Modestum / Chinese Evergreen
-> Chamaedorea Sefritzii / Bamboo or Red Palm
-> Sansevieria Trifasciata / Snake Plant
-> Dracaena Marginata / Red-Edged Dracaena
For an all-out and determined effectiveness for cleaner and improved indoor air quality, it is recommended that the plants are in grown in 6-inch containers and larger with at least 15 samples of a variety of these air cleaning plants. IAQ is now made that much easier and ‘greener’.