How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?02/11/2016 The EPA has discovered that indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in bigger cities. Indoor air is also more stagnant. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and breathe some fresh air, that’s not always realistic, especially this winter. There are some simple things you can do to increase your indoor air quality and create a healthier home environment. Keep Your Home Clean A vacuum with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter, strong suction and rotating brushes is a sound investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum will decrease the dust and allergens collected in your carpets and upholstered furniture. There are some contaminants that get around your vacuum no matter how clean you keep your home. If you or someone in your home deals with allergies, a PureAir™ Air Purification System could be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that filters out particles and odors, and destroys chemical vapors – all things that could severely affect respiratory issues. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to freshen your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen. In addition, there are some plants that have been found to also eliminate harmful toxins such as: benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. If If you want an air purifying plant for your home, you can find a list of those plants by looking at the NASA Clean Air Study. If you have pets, you’ll want to check and be sure any plants you’re adding to your home are not harmful to them if they decide to give them a taste test. Keep Your Home Ventilated Modern homes are designed to keep outdoor air out of your home in order to maintain energy efficiency. This lack of ventilation results in a build up of air pollutants in your home. While it’s easy to just crack a window, that may not solve it, which is why we offer a few different ventilation options to help improve your indoor air quality and keep your home’s air clean and fresh. Your air quality and comfort is important to us at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield. Our goal is to ensure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 815-768-6656 and speak with one of our indoor air quality professionals or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online.