Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality for Offices

A photograph of the inside of an open air office.According to the EPA, the majority of Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. This includes those who spend much of their working hours in offices or other white collar environments. There are many factors pertinent to the health and safety of office workers in America, but one that is consistent is indoor air quality.

Indoor environments can sometimes contain pollutant levels that surpass outdoor levels, and poor indoor air quality has consistently been ranked as one of the most important environmental health problems in the country.

If you’re a Monterey office manager or office building manager trying to maximize the health and productivity of your employees or tenants, taking care of the indoor air quality in the office building is a must. We’ll be going over some best practices for doing this, including having your air ducts cleaned using a commercial air duct cleaning service like Preferred Hood & Duct.

Best Practices for Improving Office Air Quality

  • Do not block air vents or grates with furniture, decorations, or other solid objects.
  • If you do not already, forbid indoor smoking.
  • Make sure garbage and other waste is promptly disposed of.
  • Make sure any food in the office is stored properly.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with building managers and maintenance crews, and let them know promptly is there is an indoor environmental issue like broken or moldy HVAC systems.
  • If you are a building manager or are otherwise in charge of maintenance, make it known that air quality issues should be brought to your attention promptly.
  • Make sure your building’s air ducts are regularly inspected and cleaned if necessary.

Does OSHA Have Indoor Air Quality Requirements for Offices?

Not specifically, but indoor air quality problems may fall under the Woman Smiling in an OfficeGeneral Duty Clause of the OSH Act, which requires
employers to provide workers with a safe workplace that does not have any known hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious injury. OSHA cites the most common causes of indoor air quality problems as:

  • Not enough ventilation, lack of fresh outdoor air or contaminated air being brought into the building
  • Poor upkeep of ventilation, heating and air-conditioning systems
  • Dampness and moisture damage due to leaks, flooding or high humidity
  • Occupant activities, such as construction or remodeling
  • Indoor and outdoor contaminated air

Why Do Air Ducts Need to be Cleaned?

Duct clean is an important part of overall upkeep for HVAC systems. Over time air ducts in homes or office buildings accumulate pollutants like dust, pollen, and even mold. When this accumulation becomes excessive, HVAC systems can recirculate those pollutants into the air. This reduces indoor air quality and may affect the health or comfort of those inside the building.

Having your ducts cleaned removes pollutants like dust and pollen, and ensures consistent air quality levels for employees and visitors.

If you’re in Monterey and would like to have your office buildings HVAC systems inspected and cleaned, contact Preferred Hood & Duct in Monterey by calling (860) 613-1130 or using the form below.

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