How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?

February 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 stagnant. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and breathe some fresh air, that’s not always reasonable, especially this winter. There are a few basic things you can do to boost your indoor air quality and create 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 sound investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum will lessen the dust and allergens accumulating 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 has allergies, a PureAir™ Air Purification System could be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that filters out particles and odors, and eliminates chemical vapors – all things that may severely aggravate respiratory issues.

Air Purifying Plants

Plants are a natural way to freshen your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. In addition, there are some plants that have been found to also eliminate 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 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 want 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 retain energy efficiency. This decreased ventilation means a build up of air pollutants in your home. While it’s easy to simply crack a window, that may not solve it, which is why we have a few different ventilation options to help boost your indoor air quality and keep your home’s air clean and fresh.

Your air quality and comfort is important to us at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney. Our goal is to ensure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 308-624-3485 and speak with one of our indoor air quality experts.