It is estimated that people spend 90% of their lives indoors. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can cause a multitude of problems from headaches to lower productivity. So, how can IAQ be improved? Our entire product offering is Indoor Air Quality certified.
Find out our tips on how to create a clean, productive and healthy indoor environment:
1. Choose low-emitting furniture – Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from finishes, adhesives and varnishes are a major source of indoor air pollution. Our entire product offering is LEVEL 2 certified and as part of that program, conform with ANSI/BIFMA e3-2014e Furniture Sustainability Standard. This standard includes requirements for VOC and emissions and complies with LEED version 4 Low-Emitting Materials requirements for furniture.
2. Humidity control – The optimal level of humidity in indoor air is typically between 40% and 50%. Too low humidity can cause eye irritation whereas too high humidity promotes mold and mildew growth and is the leading cause of indoor air pollution.
3. Decorate with plants – In addition to providing beauty and a touch of nature to indoor environments, plants also naturally clean the air. Plants such as palm, fern, ivy and peace lily have been found to collect and capture pollutants like dust, bacteria and mold from the air.
4. Increased ventilation – Increased ventilation has always been a key strategy in the creation of healthy interiors and now it has come to the forefront in the fight against COVID-19. The simple act of opening the windows improves IAQ by replacing stale air with fresh outdoor air and allowing airborne pollutants to escape.
5. Consider the layout of spaces – Be conscious about IAQ when planning the layout of the space. Equipment such as photocopiers that release high levels of participate matter into the air should be located away from workstations, ideally in a separated room with proper exhaust. Workstations should be located near windows and supply vents and when feasible, individuals should be provided with their own thermal controls.