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 bigger cities. Indoor air is also more stale. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and get some fresh air, that’s not always an option, especially this winter. There are a couple basic things you can do to boost 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, great 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 lessen 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 suffers from allergies, a PureAir™ Air Purification System may be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that takes care of particles and odors, and eliminates chemical vapors – all things that could severely impact respiratory problems.

Air Purifying Plants

Plants are a natural way to freshen your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen. Also, there are some plants that have been found to also destroy 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 reading 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 end up giving 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 indoors. While it’s easy to go ahead and crack a window, that may not solve it, 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 Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Greater Richmond. Our goal is to make sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 804-302-6657 and talk with one of our indoor air quality pros.

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