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Poor air quality is perhaps one of the most overlooked health issues in most homes, and it’s easy to see why. Unlike outdoor air, which you can easily notice through dark smoke or noxious odor, indoor air pollution can easily go unnoticed. Indoor air pollution can hide behind the cool, comfortable air blown by your air conditioner and the calming scent of air fresheners.
Unfortunately, indoor air pollution can have a serious impact on your home office. It is usually linked to headaches and allergic reactions and can affect your productivity. Since you probably spend most of your days in your office, it is essential to observe good air quality. Here are five ways you can improve air quality in your home office.
1. Use quality air cleaning equipment
Due to off-gassing from electronics, furniture and cleaning products, it is impossible to keep your home office space free from air pollution. Fortunately, commercial-grade equipment such as dehumidifiers and air cleaners can help keep your indoor air quality at good levels.
An air cleaner equipped with HEPA filters, such as Alen 75i Air Purifier, can help circulate the air in your office space and trap pollutants as they pass through the HVAC system’s filter. Place your air purifier up and away from your shelf for optimal efficiency.
2. Clean and change your HVAC system filters regularly
Your home’s HVAC unit helps maintain indoor air quality by moving pollutants throughout the home and preventing them from accumulating in one region. Be sure to perform regular cleaning and maintenance on your HVAC unit to keep it in good working order. It’s also important to consider annual ductwork inspections by an HVAC professional and quarterly filter replacements.
Make sure your HVAC vents are not blocked by any office equipment, furniture, or signs when doing regular cleaning and maintenance. Blocked vents can impede airflow and increase the accumulation of pollutants in your office space.
3. Add some indoor plants
Adding a few indoor plants creates an attractive, peaceful aesthetic for any space and can also be a perfect way to improve air quality in a home office. Plants, such as spider plants, help remove some toxic compounds from the air and break them down in the soil. Some indoor plants also provide additional oxygen and humidity in a space, which can help reduce the spread of viruses and allergens.
4. Improve proper ventilation
Proper ventilation helps to control temperature and humidity, reduce air pollution and draw fresh air. Open windows and doors and turn off your HVAC system if temperature and humidity levels allow. This will provide natural ventilation and can keep the air fresh and circulating. If time allows, do it once a week or every two weeks.
5. Keep your office clean
A clean office has a lower chance of mold growth, dust accumulation and airborne contamination. Clean regularly, vacuum, clear out litter and dispose of all rubbish immediately after it has accumulated. It’s usually best to schedule routine professional cleaning to ensure your home office looks its best at all times.
Maintaining good indoor air quality in your home office can help create a healthy, comfortable work environment. Most importantly, clean air boosts your morale and increases productivity. However, achieving good indoor air quality can take some of your time and upfront effort. Follow these simple tips to improve your home office air quality.
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