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 highly industrialized cities. Indoor air is also more still. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and let in some fresh air, that’s not always an option, especially this winter. There are a couple simple things you can do to increase 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, good suction and rotating brushes is a wise investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum should lessen the dust and allergens accumulating in your carpets and upholstered furniture. There are some things that sneak by 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 may be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that gets rid of particles and odors, and neutralizes chemical vapors – all things that can severely impact respiratory concerns. 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 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 make sure any plants you’re introducing into your home are not harmful to them if they decide to give them a taste test. Keep Your Home Ventilated Modern homes are built to keep outdoor air out of your home in order to maintain energy efficiency. This decreased ventilation causes a build up of air pollutants indoors. While it’s easy to go ahead and 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 Assured Appliance and Heating & Air in Genoa. Our goal is to ensure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 847-293-0047 and talk with one of our indoor air quality professionals or you can simply arrange an appointment with us online.