While St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, residents can control the indoor air quality in their homes, there are few things we have control of at the office. Unless you’re in charge in scheduling the building’s commercial HVAC maintenance, you’re left making small changes to benefit the entire office environment. Here are just a few steps you can take to boost the indoor air quality at work.

Store Food Properly

Rotting food is a common complaint among co-workers. You may dispose your food in a timely manner, but that doesn’t mean your office mates are doing the same. Unfortunately, food is a major source of foul odors, and it doesn’t just plague the break room.

Check cabinets, desk drawers, and lunch bags if you smell something off. You’ll also want to make sure that you dispose of your trash daily, especially if you’re prone to tossing banana peels or the like.

Keep a Plant at Your Desk

If your office doesn’t maintain plants throughout the building, you’ll want to bring in a small plant such as a snake plant, succulents, potted mums, or a spider plant. These plants help produce oxygen and absorb air contaminants like formaldehyde. Even better, keeping a cleansing plant at your desk has been shown to boost productivity and focus.

Don’t Block Vents

Your office building’s HVAC ventilation system is most effective when there are no obstructions blocking air vents or grilles. If your desk happens to be blocking an air vent, discuss the possibility of moving it with your supervisor.

If you’re in charge of the office, make sure the layout doesn’t include filing cabinets or other items placed over vents. You may also want to schedule a duct cleaning to ensure the building’s ductwork is free from pollutants and clogs.

Trust Bryans United Air Conditioning for all of your commercial HVAC needs. Call us today at 504-208-2071 to set up your next appointment. We’ll be happy to discuss more ways you can boost the air quality at the office.

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