Working from home provides you a lot of freedom. You get to choose your own schedule and dress attire. You can decorate your home office however it suits you. However, you are also in charge of your work environment including maintaining your HVAC system. Here are some ways a poorly maintained home HVAC system could affect the quality of your work.
1. HEPA filters and air purification systems
It is important to stay healthy when you work from home so that you can do your job. Make sure to change your air filters every 30-90 days, and invest in an air purification system. HVAC systems can filter some dust and debris, but combined with an air purification system, other allergens can get trapped and keep your air quality high. The right kind of air purification system will not only save you money, but it will help you make money by keeping you healthy and able to work.
2. Have your air ducts regularly maintained
In the same vein as allergens in the air, if you don’t get your ductwork inspected and cleaned every three years, those same allergens, dust, and debris can get stuck in your ducts and cause blockages. This can keep your air purification system from working properly and in some cases, if moisture is present, mold could build up and may cause respiratory problems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.” Having clean ducts will help maintain your system and save money on costly repairs, and possible high health care bills.
3. Keep humidity in check
In some areas of the country, humidity can be a major trigger for those suffering from asthma. In addition to an air purification system, a dehumidifier can be helpful for those places where humidity is high. According to Apartmenttherapy.com, the “ideal in-home humidity levels should hover around 45%. Anything under 30% is too dry, over 50% is too high.” When humidity is high and moisture gets into our vents and ducts, it is a great environment for mold and bacteria to grow. If that gets into the air you breathe, you could get sick and not be able to do your work. So, keep your humidity levels in check with a dehumidifier.
4. Regular HVAC system maintenance
If you were to work out of an office, the management there would have regular HVAC system maintenance in order to keep the air quality high and their staff happy. So, even if it’s just you at home or you are raising a family in your home office, keeping your HVAC system regularly maintained will keep everyone in the home a lot healthier.
Regular maintenance, clean ducts, regularly changing filters, and an air purification system can help to reduce costs to both your business and you. So, keep your air quality high by making the investment in yourself with better air.