A growing number of people are working from home, enjoying the opportunity to be free of commutes and all the distractions that come from working in the office. In most cases, workers are happier and more productive when they work from home, but there’s one thing that may impair their industriousness and satisfaction with working at home – poor indoor air quality.
Bad indoor air quality affects many buildings, even our homes. Just as office buildings with poor indoor air quality can become “sick buildings,” causing eye irritation, fatigue, and a host of other ailments, so can home offices. For men and women who work at home, these tips can help improve indoor air quality in their home offices:
- Inspect your household cleaning products – Many household products contain harmful chemicals that may cause respiratory and other issues if you’re regularly exposed to them. Switch to cleaning products that use natural ingredients to reduce exposure to potentially harmful substances.
- Reduce moisture with a dehumidifier – If your home is too humid, it can create a climate where mold and mildew thrive. Mold and mildew are leading contributors to indoor air quality issues and can cause severe illnesses. Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in your home.
- Clean your air ducts – Dust, pet dander, and other debris can accumulate in your air ducts and circulate through your home, time and time again, negatively impacting indoor air quality. Professional air duct cleaning services can remove these pollutants.