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Poor air quality is perhaps one of the most overlooked health concerns in most homes, and it’s easy to see why. Unlike outdoor air, which you can easily notice through dark smoke or harmful smell, indoor air pollution can easily go unnoticed. Indoor air pollutants 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 serious impacts on your home office. It’s usually linked to headaches and allergic reactions and may affect your productivity. Since you probably spend most of your days working in your office, it’s 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’s impossible to keep your home office space free from airborne pollutants. 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, like 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 at the top 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 through the house and keeping them from accumulating in one region. Be sure to conduct regular cleaning and maintenance on your HVAC unit to keep it in good working condition. It’s also important to consider annual ductwork inspections by an HVAC professional and quarterly filter replacements.
Ensure your HVAC vents aren’t blocked by any office equipment, furniture or signage any time you conduct regular cleaning and maintenance. Blocked air vents can hinder 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 to 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 into the soil. Some indoor plants also provide additional oxygen and humidity into a space, which can help reduce the spread of viruses and allergens.
4. Enhance proper ventilation
Proper ventilation helps control temperature and humidity, reduce air pollutants, 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 these once a week or fortnightly.
5. Keep your office clean
A clean office has lower chances of mould growth, dust accumulation, and pollutants that could spread through the air. Regularly clean, vacuum, clear out clutter and dispose of all garbage immediately after it accumulates. It’s usually best to schedule routine professional cleanings to ensure that your home office looks at 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 may take a little of your time and up-front effort. Follow these simple tips to improve your home office’s air quality.