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!
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.
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.
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