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 a few easy things you can do to boost your indoor air quality and create 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 great investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum can lessen the dust and allergens collected in your carpets and upholstered furniture. There are some particles that sneak by your vacuum no matter how clean you keep your home. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, a PureAir™ Air Purification System might 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 could severely impact respiratory concerns. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to clean your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Additionally, 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 looking at 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 built to keep outdoor air out of your home in order to maintain energy efficiency. This decreased ventilation causes a build up of air pollutants inside. While it’s easy to simply crack a window, that may not be enough, which is why we have a few different ventilation products 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line. Our goal is to make sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 610-626-2540 and chat with one of our indoor air quality professionals or you can simply set up an appointment with us online.