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 still. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and let in some fresh air, that’s not always an option, especially this winter. There are a couple simple things you can do to boost 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 escape 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 filters out particles and odors, and neutralizes chemical vapors – all things that could severely aggravate respiratory issues. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to clean your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and discharge 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 checking out the NASA Clean Air Study. If you have pets, you’ll want to check and be sure any plants you’re bringing in to your home are not harmful to them if they want 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 reduced ventilation means a build up of air pollutants inside. While it’s easy to go ahead and crack a window, that may not be enough, which is why we carry a few different ventilation products 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 American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning in Sylmar. Our goal is to ensure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 818-370-7266 and chat with one of our indoor air quality pros or you can simply set up an appointment with us online.