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 highly industrialized cities. Indoor air is also more stagnant. 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 some 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, 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 should decrease the dust and allergens collected in your carpets and upholstered furniture. There are some contaminants 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 may 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 affect respiratory concerns. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to freshen your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. In addition, 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 looking at the NASA Clean Air Study. If you have pets, you’ll want to check and make 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 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 in your home. While it’s easy to go ahead and crack a window, that may not be enough, which is why we offer a few different ventilation solutions 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 Dynamic Comfort Solutions in Locust. Our goal is to make sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 704-485-5506 and speak with one of our indoor air quality professionals or you can simply arrange an appointment with us online.