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There are a variety of factors that can influence the condition of the air behind closed office windows, according to an article on the Commercial Café website. Likewise, there are a variety of air quality factors that can enhance productivity.

A building’s HVAC system probably has a biggest impact on a building’s air quality. If neglected, the HVAC system can have a negative effect on productivity. But there are other key factors that can positively affect a workplace’s air quality and productivity.

• Humidity levels also contribute to indoor air quality. High humidity and overall moisture can help spread unhealthy pollutants.

• Installing simple floor mats at every entrance can greatly lower the levels of pollutants that could be tracked in.

• Be smart with vacuuming. Use a vacuum that has a rotating brush and a HEPA filter. This helps prevent dust from being redistributed into the air. Also remember to empty the vacuum frequently.

• Using a microfiber mop and water will remove dust from hard floor surfaces. For heavily-soiled floors, cleaners are recommended, but use sparingly as chemical fragrances can also negatively affect the air.

• Trash bins that are not emptied daily can produce odors and can contribute to biological contamination.

• Whenever possible, choose natural air fresheners.

• Consider adding greenery to the office. Many varieties of indoor plants actively clean the air. For instance, a few types of palm, such as the areca, lady and bamboo varieties, the rubber plant, the fig and the peace lily all help recycle carbon dioxide and release oxygen.

For more tips, read the full article here.