Air Quality Awareness Week isn’t just about the air outside. If you’re anything like me, you spend most of your day at work inside. The air inside our offices can be more polluted than the air outside. According to the Oregon Environmental Council, poor indoor air quality can result in flu like symptoms including headaches, sore throats, and itchy eyes.
Here are 5 tips for improving your indoor air quality:
1. Open the windows or store front door. Let the air from outside circulate and carry away some of those dust particles. Remember to turn off the A/C first and don’t open on code red and orange days.
2. Bring nature inside with plants! The Mother Nature Network has created a list of 15 houseplants for improving air quality.
3. Only use natural cleaning products. If in a large building with dedicated cleaning staff, contact building management to discuss commercial cleaning products that are safe. Click here for a list of commercial clean products that are certified by Green Seal.
4. If located in a building where you can’t open the windows, purchase a HEPA air filter.
5. Only use low or no VOC paint when sprucing up the office area.
Improved indoor air quality can increase worker productivity and can lead to less sick days. Check out our directory of wind powered businesses for places where you can purchase low VOC paint, HEPA air filters and more.