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How to Improve the Air in Your Office

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If you work full time, that means you spend about 40 hours each week in the office. It's important to maintain a sense of comfort while you work, and that means more than just decorating your desk with photos and keeping good snacks nearby. You'll also want to make sure you're breathing in fresh air and improving the quality of your indoor space. However, that can get tricky when you don't have control over the entire office. Here are some small tweaks you can make to your workspace to improve the air you breathe in all week long.

Keep a plant on your desk for improved air quality.Keep a plant on your desk for improved air quality.

Bring a Plant to Work
Not only can a desktop plant make your workspace look warm and inviting, but it can also help improve the air as well. A study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal concluded that indoor plants can boost air quality by removing carbon dioxide and returning oxygen to the room. Ivy makes for a great office plant, as it requires minimal upkeep. All you need is some sunlight and weekly watering to keep it healthy.

Clean Your Desk
Between all of the notepads and books that fill your desktop, there's bound to be a buildup of dust. Be sure to periodically clear items off of it and wipe it down with a natural cleaner to get rid of dirt and grime. Even if you don't have dust allergies, it can be irritating - not to mention, unsightly. Just wiping down your desk with a damp washcloth each week can keep the allergen down to a minimum.

Keep your office comfortable.Keep your office comfortable.

Encourage Air Circulation
If you're able to open the windows in your office, do so periodically to keep the air from becoming stale and stagnant. Having access to the outside air can also help regulate the temperature according to your preferences, but just make sure that everyone else is comfortable as well. Getting fresh air may make you feel better, but to someone with pollen allergies, it could mean significant discomfort depending on the season and time of day. You may just be better off running a desktop fan if you're warm or bundling up with a blanket if you're cold.

Keep it Dry
Just as you would keep a dry environment in your home, you should keep your workspace from getting damp or wet as well. Coming into work with rain-soaked outdoor gear like coats and umbrellas is inevitable at times, but it's important to store them accordingly. Shake out your umbrella and try not to place it on a carpeted floor, and hang up your coat rather than throw it on the back of your chair. These small tweaks can help reduce mold and mildew growth in your office.