How Businesses Can Improve Indoor Air Quality for Employees

Employees and customers increasingly focus on indoor air quality. Naturally, the pandemic, physical health concerns, and the environment contribute to the increased attention. In response, we at Atlantic Duct Cleaning suggest you communicate with staff, address their concerns, and make appropriate changes where necessary. Toward that end, this post includes tips to achieve better indoor air quality. Hopefully, the result will be happy employees, pleased customers, and a positive, healthy work environment.

How Businesses Can Improve Indoor Air Quality for Employees

Business Owners and Facilities Managers Should Work Together

  • Work together to identify, prioritize, and address any indoor air quality issues promptly.
  • Prohibit any contaminants or chemicals that impact air quality. 
  • Consider installing HEPA filters, air purifiers, or other pollutant removers into the office space for better indoor air quality.
  • Ensure proper ventilation throughout the office space.
  • Whenever possible, open windows and allow fresh air circulation.
  • Establish an effective smoking policy that protects nonsmokers from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Avoid procedures and products that can cause indoor air quality problems.
  • Use janitorial services, pest control companies, and other vendors that only use non-toxic chemicals.
  • Work together during build-outs and renovations to reduce occupant exposure, lessen pollutants, and minimize airflow disruptions.
  • Clean the building's air ducts at least once a year.
  • Consider implementing an indoor air quality management program or policy.

Communicate Initiatives and Expectations to Staff

Employees appreciate your effort to provide a clean and healthy work environment. Communicate everything you put in place to let employees understand your preventative measures. Then, provide them the opportunity to take ownership of their environment, too. Finally, display any related policies and expectations. If you need help, consider some of the suggestions below:

  • Don't place office furniture or items in front of air vents.
  • Be considerate of coworkers; don't bring in odorous foods or materials.
  • Comply with the company and building smoking prohibitions.
  • Plants produce clean air! Help ensure office plants have sufficient water, and feel free to bring in a desk plant.
  • Throw away all trash in the proper receptacles; consider throwing smelly foods in the outdoor dumpster.
  • Ensure food containers are properly sealed, stored, and removed when appropriate.

Find a Reputable Contractor

If you want to improve indoor air quality, use contractors to clean air ducts and provide HVAC service that is certified by National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). Additionally, make sure they have general liability insurance at a minimum. Professional technicians should wear shoe coverings, lay down tarps to avoid mess, and communicate well. Further, they should provide a thorough inspection, describe any issues, and suggest mitigation strategies.

We Are a Qualified Contractor

Atlantic Duct Cleaning serves Alexandria, Reston, and Arlington, VA, and the surrounding areas. Whether you need improved indoor air quality in your home or business, we can help. Our NADCA-certified technicians deliver quality service at affordable prices. Give us a try by requesting a free estimate, scheduling an appointment, or calling (703) 435-4485 today.


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