Small offices are unsuspected environments where indoor air pollution easily thrives. And it’s easy to see why, with so many people working all together in a small space, dirt can quickly build up.
When you add to the mix other factors such as office renovations or new buildings under construction nearby, the indoor air pollution levels go up even faster.
Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed three strategies to help improve indoor air quality that you can apply in your office. By implementing them you can ensure a much better air quality for your employees and for your clients.
All you need to do is to identify and then minimize the sources of pollution in your office. Some of them are not so evident but by controlling them you can make a big difference in the quality of the air you breathe every day.
- Dust and dirt: This one is a no-brainer. Just make sure to vacuum frequently to avoid dust and dirt from building up in your office.
- Cleaning products: This is one of the less evident sources of indoor pollution. The problem is that we, the public, confuse good smell with clean air, but the truth is that common cleaning products contain loads of chemicals and fragrances that are unhealthy. To control this situation, try to use only non-toxic cleaning agents as well as natural alternatives.
- Furnishings and building materials: Furnishings and paints are made with volatile chemicals that are released into the air for long periods of time after being applied. And the same can be said of some materials found in cabinetry and carpeting. So if you plan to make renovations in your office or purchase some new equipment, make sure to have proper ventilation. At the very least you can keep some windows opened during the first days.
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You can also improve your office’s indoor air quality by making some ventilation improvements to help funnel out polluted air and bring fresh air into circulation.
- Open the windows: This is the easiest way to keep some fresh air flowing. Try to make it whenever the weather allows.
- Use a fan: It helps to re-circulate stagnant air.
- Vent outside: ensure that your heating sources are properly vented outside.
If you are serious about removing pollutants from your office and protecting the respiratory health of your employees, air purification is the way to go. It’s the most efficient way to see results in improved indoor air quality.
- Purchase an air purifier: Air purifiers with HEPA filters can remove up to 99.97% of pollutants from the air in an indoor space. Purlife’s air purifiers are designed for high efficiency in small offices and provide a real boost in air quality.
- Plants: A complementary alternative is to have some plants around. They are natural air purifiers because they can absorb toxins from the air. If you choose plants, just be aware that mould often grows around plants due to the moist that is generated when they are watered often. Just make sure to look for and clean any mould growth.