How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?02/11/2016 The EPA has found out 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 breathe some fresh air, that’s not always an option, especially this winter. There are some basic things you can do to improve your indoor air quality and create 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 should reduce 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 deals with allergies, a PureAir™ Air Purification System could 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 can severely impact respiratory concerns. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to freshen your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen. In addition, there are some plants that have been found to also neutralize 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 make sure any plants you’re bringing in 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 retain energy efficiency. This reduced ventilation causes a build up of air pollutants indoors. While it’s easy to just crack a window, that may not fix it, which is why we carry a few different ventilation options to help boost your indoor air quality and keep your home’s air clean and fresh. Your air quality and comfort is important to us at Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning in Augusta. Our goal is to make sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 706-722-5304 and speak with one of our indoor air quality experts or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online.