5 Simple Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality In Your Home Office
Did you know that the air inside your home or office can contain up to 5 times more air pollution than outdoors? In fact, according to many studies, half of all illnesses occur due to indoor air pollutants such as viruses, floating dust, allergens, office chemicals (like inks and toners), and even pet dander. Poor indoor air quality can cause reduced productivity and poor health.
You may be spending more time than ever indoors right now, either working from home or helping your kids complete their distance learning assignments, and it might be time to consider how the indoor air quality in your home office is affecting you and your family.
It may seem overwhelming, but we have compiled 5 easy ways to help you improve indoor air quality in your home or office. With just a little bit of attention you can breathe easier, and actively reduce the amount of harmful particles polluting your indoor air.
Let The Fresh Air In
From time to time, the air in your home or office can start to smell or feel stuffy. It’s a good idea to open your windows for short periods of time to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your house. You can also utilize oscillating fans, or tower fans to help move the air along, ensuring the potentially harmful air pollutants leave your home office for good.
Consistently Keep Things Clean
The average desk has 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen. Carpet can hold 8 times its weight in dirt, pesticides and other toxins that are brought in on shoes and bare feet. Our homes and offices are full of surfaces and locations where dust particles, toxins, and bacteria are just waiting to be released into the air and breathed in. Just by cleaning these areas on a regular basis, you can help prevent yourself, your family, and your coworkers from breathing in these harmful particles.
Focus on the following areas:
- Vacuum your carpeted rooms and area rugs at least once or twice a week with a Vacuum Cleaner equipped with a HEPA Filter.
- Regularly clean bedding, drapes, couches, and other places where dust, pet dander and bacteria can collect.
- Ensure you wipe your home office desk and other frequently touched surfaces daily with surface wipes or surface spray.
- Clear out your clutter, as stacks of paper or collections of objects can trap and hold dust. Consider using the Marie Kondo method to decluttering your workspace.
Regularly Change Your Air Filter
Central heating and air conditions have filters that are designed to trap dust and other pollutants from the air as it circulates through your HVAC system. To ensure you are breathing the cleanest air possible, clean or change these air filters out on a regular basis.
Use Original HP Home & Office Printers and Supplies
While you may have never given the indoor air quality of your home office much thought before today, HP has been concerned with it for some time. HP voluntarily designs and tests the indoor air quality performance of their home & office printers and supplies to meet eco-label emissions standards. Consider switching out your home office printer with one from HP that meets the most stringent emissions standards for indoor air quality. If you already use an HP printer, make sure that you only use Original HP Supplies, and not imitation or compatible cartridges.
With Original HP Toner Cartridges, you can help:
- Maintain a healthy indoor office environment
- Prevent exposure to elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Meet EPEAT or other eco-label purchasing requirements
To learn more about HP’s Indoor Air Quality standards, click here.
Watch this video to learn why using imitation or compatible cartridges in your HP Machines could be harming your indoor air quality.
Invest In An Air Purifier
No matter how clean your home office is, your indoor living and workspace can be full of harmful pollutants and irritants. Using an air purifier can help actively reduce the number of harmful particles in your air, and even help prevent allergies, asthma, colds and flu!
Watch this short video on how to select the right air purifier for your home office.
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Harvard Medical School
- HP Sustainable Impact Reports