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 still. 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 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, strong suction and rotating brushes is a great 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 things that get around 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 may 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 impact respiratory problems. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to purify your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Also, 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 checking out the NASA Clean Air Study. If you have pets, you’ll want to check and make sure any plants you’re introducing into your home are not harmful to them if they end up giving them a taste test. Keep Your Home Ventilated Modern homes are built 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 in your home. While it’s easy to go ahead and crack a window, that may not fix it, which is why we have a few different ventilation solutions 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 Forster Heating in Auburn. Our goal is to make sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 530-885-8081 and chat with one of our indoor air quality professionals or you can simply set up an appointment with us online.