How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?02/11/2016 The 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 get some fresh air, that’s not always an option, especially this winter. There are some basic things you can do to increase your indoor air quality and have a healthier home environment. Keep Your Home Clean A vacuum with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter, great 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 collected in your carpets and upholstered furniture. There are some particles 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 filters out particles and odors, and eliminates chemical vapors – all things that can severely affect 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 you’d like 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 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 keep its energy efficiency. This lack of ventilation causes a build up of air pollutants inside. While it’s easy to go ahead and crack a window, that may not fix 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 Tri County Air Care LLC in Dallas. Our goal is to make sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 469-617-3437 and chat with one of our indoor air quality pros or you can simply arrange an appointment with us online.