The filthy little truth about the effects of air pollution in our lives
Enhanced productivity with better air quality
How can your level of productivity be enhanced by better air quality? Find out more about the relationship between the two and what can be done to improve it.
To start off, it is important to understand why air quality, and especially bad air quality, has such a big impact on our life and more importantly our productivity and ability to focus. Recent research has shown that approximately 91% of the world’s population live in environments with fine particulate matter air pollution levels. Nowadays, more and more people live in the city centers. The danger of air pollution in city centers can tangibly be described as smoking a pack of cigarettes each day for a total of 29 years, a recent study has brought up (1). You see, you are most likely not the only one lacking in productivity because of a bad air quality index. Most people however, are simply not aware of the fact that by improving this quality index, they might even be able to be even more efficient and productive with the things they do. Indoor air pollution levels can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor and as working from home or generally the time spent at home during the pandemic has been increasing, improving the air quality at home will make a big difference. So, especially in times of more and more people working or studying remotely from home, this becomes an enormous factor in our daily lives.
Perform better with performance air.
Have you maybe struggled from a lack of productivity and focus since working from home? We probably all have, didn’t we? According to an interesting study from the Harvard School of Public, people working in environments that are less exposed to air pollutants have double the cognitive function of those who are exposed to average or high levels of the same types of pollutants (2).
This means, making sure you are surrounded by clean air can help improve productivity and cognitive functions in your daily life. Namely, improved air quality increases efficiency & productivity by 61%. Another great example of performances suffering from air pollution is the fact that students who have taken exams on a day where air pollution levels were higher performed worse than on those days when air pollution levels were measured at a lower level (3).
Facts being facts, these insights really should get you going in changing something about your air quality and get the best out of your productivity and focus when working, working out or anything you do throughout the daily life. But what can we actually actively do to improve our indoor air quality? Here are 4 super easy approaches/tips on how to improve your indoor air quality:
- Try ventilating your air
- Opening a window (Watch Out: depending on where you live, as the air outside might be even more polluted than the air inside) Opening an indoor door might solve this problem and create better ventilation not letting polluted air from the outside come into your room
- Increase air circulation by turning on a fan
- Use an air purifier that continuously replaces polluted air with clean air
Control allergen sources such as mold, dust, fur from your pets or plants (4)
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2747669 https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/office-air-quality-may-affect-employees-cognition-productivity/#:~:text=Boston%2C%20MA%20%E2%80%93%20The%20air%20quality,Chan%20School%20of%20Public%20Health. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190816-is-city-life-really-bad-for-you https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/easy-ways-you-can-improve-indoor-air-quality