How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?02/11/2016The EPA has noted 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 breathe some fresh air, that’s not always realistic, 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, strong suction and rotating brushes is a wise 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 may be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that takes care of particles and odors, and destroys chemical vapors – all things that may severely impact respiratory issues. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to clean 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 want to add an air purifying plant to your home, you can find a list of those plants by checking out 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 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 reduced ventilation means a build up of air pollutants inside. While it’s easy to just crack a window, that may not solve it, which is why we offer a few different ventilation options to help improve your indoor air quality and keep your home’s air clean and fresh. Your air quality and comfort is important to us at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling in Albuquerque. Our goal is to ensure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 505-994-9176 and chat with one of our indoor air quality professionals or you can simply set up an appointment with us online.