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Breathe Fresher Air by Improving Air Quality in Your Office

Friday, May 19th, 2017
Office Air Quality

Dusty office? Help your employees breathe easier with these tips to improve the air quality in your office space.

Step into an office at the height of flu season and you won’t be surprised to see a lot of people sniffling and the others using hand sanitizer; air quality in offices can be poor any time of the year. In such a small space, dirt, debris, germs, and dust can build up quickly and they aren’t always filtered or cleaned out of the space. To avoid having your employees uncomfortable, consider these four tips to improving air quality in your office. (more…)

Ideas to Improve the Air Quality in Your Office

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Office Air Quality

Bring some plants to boost your office air quality.

Offices are where most people spend a third of their waking time every week, so the conditions in the office can have a huge impact on their health and well-being. Keeping your employees comfortable can seem like a full-time job already, but there are many different simple ways to improve the air quality in your office and also improve the happiness of your employees. Here are some of our favorites! (more…)

Sustainability in Office Design

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Sustainability in the Office

There are ways to promote sustainability in your office design and make it more friendly to the environment.

“Going green” is quickly becoming a standard in many businesses and is no longer a trendy buzzword. Being sustainable, employing more environmentally friendly practices, and reducing carbon footprints are new facts of life for companies. A majority of them are already taking practical steps such as recycling paper or going paperless altogether. But did you know that going green can also involve making a few changes to your office design? Sustainability in this realm is possible and not difficult to do. By taking these steps, you can make a difference in the environment and positively change the health of the planet. (more…)

Does Your Office Have an Indoor Air Quality Problem?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

When discussing ways to improve productivity, it’s rarely mentioned that indoor air quality plays a huge role in the success and efficiency of office employees.

From devastating headaches to physical illness, poor air quality within an office lends itself to more sick days and less productivity. How can you tell if your office has poor indoor air quality?

Office Air Quality

How can you tell if your office has poor indoor air quality?

Indoor Air Quality

It may be hard to believe that the indoor air quality of a lot of office is so poor, but there are plenty of reasons why the air quality can have an adverse effect on the health of employees. There are more than a handful of reasons why the indoor air quality may be so poor: asbestos, formaldehyde, paints, adhesives, biological containments and pesticides are some of the biggest culprits of air pollution. Even cleaning materials and restroom air fresheners can threaten indoor air quality, so it’s very important to be mindful of what negative consequences can arise because of the use of certain chemicals and materials. (more…)

How to Improve Office Air Quality

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

If you work within an office building, you know your space can become a little stuffy at times. If your building lacks plenty of windows, the air in which you work can become stale and at times seem unclean. While filters within your HVAC system can help improve the office air quality, there are other steps that can be taken to help improve the air as well.office-air-quality

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Spring Cleaning for your Office

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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As the snow begins to melt and the temperatures slowly begin to rise, it is no secret that spring is right around the corner. With spring come flowers blooming, grass growing, and spring cleaning. While some may believe that spring cleaning is only for the home, it can also work for your office space. During the long months of winter, the last thing anyone wishes to do is clean. However, spring cleaning your office is a great way to boost morale and improve productivity.

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How Can I Improve my Office Air Quality?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

As we head into the fall and winter, we also head into that most dreaded of seasons: cold and flu! With all of the added risk of falling ill in the colder months, you want to make sure that you take as many steps as possible to reduce these risks and stay healthy. But could it be that your office building is actually contributing towards poor health? Read on to find out more about the importance of office air quality and what you can do to improve it!

Office Air QualityOffice Air Quality: Keep out Allergens and Irritants

Many different factors can trigger a full-on cold, and stale, recycled air is one of them. Because offices do not always have easy access to fresh air sources, the many allergens and irritants, such as dust, hair, and pollen, that come into the building do not leave it. One way to combat this? Utilize a free-standing ventilation system or air filter that can remove some of the irritants from the air and make everyone breathe a little easier.

Allergens, irritants, and germs do not just get trapped in the air, however. Very often, if proper care and maintenance is not conducted on a regular basis, your office furniture can become traps for these harmful things! Office air quality suffers as a result, as does your employees’ overall health. One way to fix this issue is to replace your office furniture, or to have it restored; particularly when it comes to furniture with fabric, dust can all too easily stick in the fibers. Revamping your office furniture not only will give your office a fresh new look, but it will also eliminate some of the factors affecting your office air quality and set you on a healthy path for this upcoming cold and flu season!

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

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How Plants Can Help Your Office

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

 

Putting potted plants can help your office in many ways. While an office might not seem like the best place for a plant, there are actually many varieties of plants that do well indoors. Here are a few great reasons to have a plant at your desk.

 

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Offices are filled with volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s from short. Everything from furniture, paint, drywall, copy machine toner, to cleaning supplies contain VOC’s and all are found in abundance in an office setting. Plants have been shown to remove VOC’s from the air, making them great for improving air quality and overall health in the office.

Stress Reduction

Studies have also shown that plants can reduce stress in the office, which is great news for those with high-stress occupations. Not only do they reduce stress, plants can also help you recover from sickness faster, according to a study that demonstrated a connection between proximity to plants and ability to recover from sickness. So if you’re toughing it out at the office with a cold, consider getting a plant to help you recover quicker.

Productivity Boost

If you’re pace is dragging at the office a plant is a great way to give you a little boost. Another study showed that participants who worked on tasks in a room with plants were 12% more productive than those who worked on the same tasks in the same room with no plants. The former participants also reported feeling more attentive than the latter.

Better Humidity

The ideal range of humidity for human comfort is between 30 and 60 percent humidity, but many offices fall outside of this range, especially in the summer and winter. Aside from being uncomfortable, low humidity can result in fatigue and respiratory discomfort. Adding plants to a room can increase its humidity and put the room in a comfortable range.

 

 

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American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

Source

http://earth911.com/news/2013/03/18/5-reasons-to-have-a-plant-at-your-desk/

 

Maintaining Good Air Quality in Your Office

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

While you might not think so by looking at it, the air quality in your office is constantly under attack. Then again you can’t see the air anyway. Nevertheless, air quality in your office should be a high priority. Better air quality means employees have a clean environment in which to work, and as a result can be more productive. Here are some causes of and solutions to bad air quality. Breathe easy!

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What’s the Problem?

Try as you may, it is difficult to keep out all of the particles that could potentially affect the air quality in the office. Ventilation systems keep the air flowing but often bring in unwanted guests, especially if they are old and improperly filtered. Biological threats include bacteria and viruses and chemical ones include tobacco smoke and car exhaust. But not all pollution comes from outside. Office equipment is also a culprit. Some photocopiers release ozone, which can produce side effects ranging from headaches to itchy eyes and an aggravated respiratory tract. Formaldehyde is found in a variety of office components, including furniture and carpet. Carpeted offices retain more of these pollutants, as the particles tend to get stuck in the carpet.

The Solution

Several steps can be taken to ensure that the air quality in your office is ideal. Plants are very useful for removing pollutants from the air, including formaldehyde and ozone, and they provide a nice visual aesthetic to the office. Regular cleaning helps remove particles that have accumulated, and respecting the smoking policy of the building will prevent tobacco smoke from entering the office through the ventilation system. Office design plays a big role in ensuring that the whole office is ventilated and there air no “dead spots” where air does not circulate. This is where American Design Associates comes into play.

American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

Sources

http://www.rodale.com/office-air-quality

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/occupgd.html

http://nycosh.org/index.php?page=Indoor-Air-Quality