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 bigger 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 an option, especially this winter. There are a couple 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, good 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 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 might be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that gets rid of particles and odors, and eliminates chemical vapors – all things that can severely affect respiratory problems. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to purify your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Also, there are some plants that have been found to also neutralize 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 looking at the NASA Clean Air Study. If you have pets, you’ll want to check and ensure 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 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 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 Watts Electric & A/C Inc in Columbia. Our goal is to make sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 601-736-7362 and speak with one of our indoor air quality experts or you can simply arrange an appointment with us online.