When we think about air pollution, we tend to think about outdoor pollution—smog, haze and so on. However, indoor air is as much as 5X more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor air contains things like lead (from dust), formaldehyde and volatile chemicals from various cleaners to name just a few contaminants. Indoor air pollution has been linked to poor health and employees taking more sick days.
For businesses, poor indoor air quality has a direct impact on bottom lines. Did you know, for example, that a Harvard School of Public Health study found that poor indoor air quality cost one company $480 per employee in one year due to absenteeism? With all of this in mind, here are four ways you can reduce indoor air pollution in 2018, so that the new year is a healthy one at your business and in your home.
Choose HEPA Air Filters
If you want to achieve superior air filtration, one of the first things you should do is choose HEPA filters for your vacuum or HVAC system. What makes a HEPA filter different from other filters on the market is the fact that it is capable of filtering out 99.97% of particles that are as small as 0.3 microns in size.
In other words, HEPA filters are capable of capturing very fine particles, such as dust mite feces, as well as dust, pollen and brominated fire-retardant chemicals (PBDEs), to name a few. It is also important to ensure that you change your filters per the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Another way to reduce the build up of indoor air pollutants in your business or home, is to ventilate it by opening up the windows and allowing fresh air to circulate.
Go Green with Your Cleaning Products
There are a lot of good reasons to choose green cleaning products in your business or home. One of the best reasons is that they lack the chemicals of traditional cleaners, and thus introduce fewer pollutants. They are also a lot more eco-friendly. The best part? They are just as effective as conventional cleaners.
Use a Doormat
Adding a doormat to your business or home entryway can prevent a lot of pollutants from being able to travel further into the business or home. Just remember to vacuum the mat regularly, or take it outside for a good shaking out once in a while.
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