According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors and we know very well that much of that time is spent in our offices. Studies show that indoor air quality can actually be worse than outdoor air. Improving your office’s indoor air quality can improve the health and productivity of your employees.Following are 4 simple steps from the Green Business Bureau to help you improve your office’s indoor air quality:
- Change HVAC filters every month or according to HVAC system guidelines. Effective air filtering provides protection for building occupants.
- Maintain moisture and humidity levels. Clean water spills promptly, report water leakages, and encourage employees to keep their offices clean. EPA recommends that indoor air spaces maintain humidity levels in the 30-60% range.
- Ensure proper garbage disposal. Timely disposal of garbage prevents odor and biological contamination of the office environment.
- Use non-toxic cleaning supplies. Cleaning supplies can release fumes and pollutants that pose a health risk for building occupants. Look for Green Seal Certified, Certified Biodegradable and the Chlorine-Free label on products.
Learn more ways to improve your office’s indoor air quality from experts at Green Irene.