How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?02/11/2016 The EPA has noted that indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in bigger cities. Indoor air is also more stale. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and let in some fresh air, that’s not always reasonable, especially this winter. There are a few easy things you can do to improve your indoor air quality and live in 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 great investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum will reduce the dust and allergens stacking up in your carpets and upholstered furniture. There are some particles that escape 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 gets rid of particles and odors, and eliminates chemical vapors – all things that could severely affect respiratory problems. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to freshen your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Additionally, there are some plants that have been found to also destroy harmful toxins such as: benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. If you’d like to add an air purifying plant to your home, you can find a list of those plants by reading the NASA Clean Air Study. If you have pets, you’ll want to check and ensure 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 retain energy efficiency. This decreased ventilation results in a build up of air pollutants in your home. While it’s easy to simply crack a window, that may not be enough, which is why we have a few different ventilation products to help increase your indoor air quality and keep your home’s air clean and fresh. Your air quality and comfort is important to us at Kowalski Heating & Cooling in McMurray. Our goal is to be sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 724-745-7404 and speak with one of our indoor air quality professionals or you can simply arrange an appointment with us online.