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 stagnant. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and get 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 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 wise investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum should decrease the dust and allergens collected in your carpets and upholstered furniture. There are some contaminants that sneak by 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 may be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that gets rid of particles and odors, and neutralizes chemical vapors – all things that can severely impact respiratory problems. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to freshen your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Also, 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 reading the NASA Clean Air Study. If you have pets, you’ll want to check and be sure any plants you’re adding 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 maintain energy efficiency. This reduced ventilation results in a build up of air pollutants in your home. While it’s easy to just crack a window, that may not be enough, which is why we offer 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa. Our goal is to be sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 432-333-2208 and speak with one of our indoor air quality professionals or you can simply arrange an appointment with us online.