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9 Things About Indoor Air Quality

How much do you know about indoor air quality? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, levels of indoor air pollutants are, on average, two to five times greater than the pollutant levels outdoors. Considering we spend a good portion of our lives inside, whether at home or at the office, we can all benefit from having a little more IAQ knowledge.

Here are a few interesting and informative links about indoor air quality and how you can improve the quality of the air you breathe from around the web.

1. A simple infographic about indoor air quality.

2. An introduction to indoor air quality from the Environmental Protection Agency.

3. Think your commercial building has poor IAQ? If you experience these symptoms, your space could have high levels of indoor air pollutants.

4. Did you hear? The EPA awarded $8 million in funding to universities studying indoor air quality.

5. Climate change may affect the quality of the air inside your home or commercial building.

6. Use air fresheners? This article might make you reconsider.

7. Speaking of air fresheners, here are three natural ways to clean the air in your home or at work.

8. Love plants? Plants are beautiful and can clean the air inside of your home or building.

9. Breathe Easy: 5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality at Work from the experts at WedMD.

How To Improve Indoor Air Quality at Work

As a manager, it’s important to foster an environment at work that’s above all, safe. But when it comes to safety in the workplace, many of us forgot about indoor air quality. Luckily, there are small steps you can take to improve the quality of the air. Here’s how you can get started:

Vacuum more: Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter can reduce concentrations of lead in the workplace. Better yet, regularly vacuuming can help rid the workplace of toxins like brominated fire-retardant chemicals and allergens.

Mop more too: Vacuuming leaves dust behind, but mopping can get the remnants. Skip the soap and cleaners and just use water and (if possible) a microfiber mop.

Buy a doormat or two: High-traffic areas (like doorways) are breeding grounds for dirt and other icky things. The small effort of adding a doormat can help reduce a number of pollutants employees and other individuals track into the workplace.

Keep humidity levels healthy: You know what loves humidity? Dust mites, mold and other less-than-pleasant things. That’s why keeping humidity levels in the workplace is important. For good measure, keep humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent.

Make the workplace a no-smoking zone: Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. What’s more, secondhand smoke increases the risk of asthma, cancer, heart attack and stroke.

Want more quick tips for boosting IAQ? This quick video can help:

Indoor Air Quality Services In Delmarva

When it comes to keeping the air in your office, workplace or commercial building clean, your HVAC system is your first line of defense. But in order to keep the air clean, your system needs to be functioning efficiently. At Quick Servant, our commercial HVAC maintenance services ensure your heating and air conditioning systems are performing at top levels and keeping the air free of pollutants. If you believe your space is suffering from poor IAQ, contact us today to learn how we can help.