How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?

The EPA has discovered that indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in larger cities. Indoor air is also more stagnant. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and get some fresh air, that’s not always realistic, especially this winter. There are a few simple things you can do to improve your indoor air quality and have 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 wise investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum should decrease the dust and allergens accumulating in your carpets and upholstered furniture.

There are some particles that get around your vacuum no matter how clean you keep your home. If you or someone in your home has allergies, a PureAir™ Air Purification System might be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that filters out particles and odors, and neutralizes chemical vapors – all things that can severely impact respiratory problems.

Air Purifying Plants

Plants are a natural way to clean your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Additionally, there are some plants that have been found to also neutralize harmful toxins such as: benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

If you want to add an air purifying plant to 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 bringing in 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 decreased ventilation results in a build up of air pollutants in your home. While it’s easy to go ahead and crack a window, that may not fix it, which is why we carry a few different ventilation options 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 Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello. Our goal is to be sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 208-621-0129 and talk with one of our indoor air quality pros.

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