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Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality at Work

Monday, August 26, 2013

We all know how important it is to have good indoor air quality at home, but unfortunately, many of us are away from home for at least 40 hours every week. This is why it's important to learn how you can improve indoor air quality at work, as well. Let's take a look at why bad air at work is harmful and what you can do about it.

The Effects of Bad Air Quality at Work

Many work spaces don't take air quality into account in their daily activities. They're more concerned with running the business. They want their employees to be happy, but they often don't consider air quality. Many employees suffer from respiratory problems, making them more susceptible to bad air. Very often, this is realized when people don't feel well when at work, but are fine at home.

A Lack of Control Over Bad Air Quality

When we're at home, there are plenty of steps we can take to fix our problems with indoor air quality. We can ventilate, use air cleaners, keep our carpets clean, and many other things. But at work, what do you do when your air quality isn't good? Sure, you can purchase a few plants for your desk or -- in some situations -- open a window or two. These things won't do much good, though.

What You Can do to Fix This Problem

To truly improve indoor air quality at work, it's up to you to report any problems to management. Address the issues you're having and provide possible causes and solutions. Perhaps it's as simple as asking a coworker not to wear certain types of perfumes or maybe the installation of an air cleaner is necessary. If things get bad enough and you're not being taken seriously, contacting OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) may be your only recourse.

If you'd like to know more about how you can improve indoor air quality at work, or have questions about home comfort, contact the HVAC experts at Mitsubishi Electric Heating & Cooling. We can put you in touch with a top-notch contractor today!

 

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