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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in the Office

You may not notice it but the air in your office can have a serious impact on your employee’s health. Poor air quality in the office is closely associated with a phenomenon called Sick Building Syndrome. This a situation where people experience acute illnesses (such as headaches, coughing and other respiratory ailments) while inside an enclosed space, but it disappears when they leave.

When your employees experience this syndrome at work, it will surely affect their productivity. In fact, according to the 1989 Report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), poor indoor air quality in the office results in more employee sick days and lower productivity.

So to help you prevent SBS and its subsequent effects, here are some tips on keeping indoor air quality in your office clean and healthy:

 

a clean office with glass windows and an indoor plant

 

  • Allow natural ventilation

Airconditioned offices require windows and doors to stay shut. But opening them from time to time allows better air circulation. By doing this, you’re letting fresh air in and the stale air out.

  • Keep furnishings clean

Dust and dirt accumulate on carpets and upholstered furnishing. That’s why you should clean and vacuum them at least twice a week. Deep cleaning should also be done periodically. This can be provided by commercial cleaning providers that offer specialty carpet and upholstery cleaning.

  • Avoid indoor plants

Many believe that getting indoor plants can improve indoor air quality. However, Harvard Medical School suggests otherwise. It’s true that plants absorb toxins from the air and releases oxygen. But their dampness, due to frequent watering, makes them an ideal breeding ground for moulds – which is a notorious cause of respiratory ailments.

If you can’t avoid having indoor plants in your office, at least make it a habit to regularly check for mould growth and remove them.

  • Dehumidify damp areas

Damp areas in your office need to be well-ventilated. If leaving the door and windows open is not an option, use a dehumidifier to prevent moulds from growing. Also, you should remove visible mould growths in restrooms, showers, sink and the like.

  • Keep your office clean

This is the best way to improve indoor air quality. Make sure to remove dirt and all other possible air pollutants in your office that can cause respiratory ailments. You should also schedule regular cleaning with a trusted and commercial cleaning company.

Final Thoughts
Keeping the air in your office clean and healthy doesn’t have to be so time-consuming and complicated. But when things get really busy at work, you can always call on Clean Group for help. We’ll take care of all your office cleaning concerns so you and your employees can focus on running your business.