How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?

The EPA has discovered that indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in larger cities. Indoor air is also more stale. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and let in some fresh air, that’s not always reasonable, especially this winter. There are a couple simple things you can do to improve 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, 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 contaminants that get around your vacuum no matter how clean you keep your home. If you or someone in your home has allergies, a PureAir™ Air Purification System might be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that filters out particles and odors, and neutralizes chemical vapors – all things that may severely aggravate respiratory concerns.

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 eliminate 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 reading the NASA Clean Air Study. If you have pets, you’ll want to check and make sure any plants you’re adding to your home are not harmful to them if they end up giving 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 results in a build up of air pollutants inside. While it’s easy to go ahead and crack a window, that may not solve it, which is why we carry 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 Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company in Elmhurst. Our goal is to make sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 630-833-1100 and chat with one of our indoor air quality pros.

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