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 still. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and let in some fresh air, that’s not always realistic, especially this winter. There are some easy things you can do to increase your indoor air quality and create 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 decrease the dust and allergens accumulating in your carpets and upholstered furniture.
There are some things that sneak by your vacuum no matter how clean you keep your home. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, a PureAir™ Air Purification System could be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that gets rid of particles and odors, and destroys chemical vapors – all things that can severely aggravate respiratory problems.
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 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 be 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 created to keep outdoor air out of your home in order to retain energy efficiency. This decreased ventilation results in a build up of air pollutants inside. While it’s easy to simply crack a window, that may not fix it, which is why we have 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 Forster Heating in Auburn. Our goal is to be sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 530-885-8081 and speak with one of our indoor air quality experts.