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 get some fresh air, that’s not always realistic, especially this winter. There are some simple things you can do to increase 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 can reduce 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 deals with 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 may 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. In addition, there are some plants that have been found to also eliminate 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 ensure any plants you’re introducing into your home are not harmful to them if they want to give them a taste test. Keep Your Home Ventilated Modern homes are created to keep outdoor air out of your home in order to keep its energy efficiency. This reduced ventilation means a build up of air pollutants inside. While it’s easy to just crack a window, that may not be enough, 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 Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera. Our goal is to ensure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 559-675-1681 and talk with one of our indoor air quality experts or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online.