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 highly industrialized cities. Indoor air is also more still. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and breathe some fresh air, that’s not always reasonable, especially this winter. There are a few easy 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, good suction and rotating brushes is a great 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 things 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 might be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that takes care of particles and odors, and destroys chemical vapors – all things that may severely aggravate respiratory problems. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to clean your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and release 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 checking out the NASA Clean Air Study. If you have pets, you’ll want to check and be sure any plants you’re introducing into your home are not harmful to them if they decide to give them a taste test. Keep Your Home Ventilated Modern homes are designed 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 in your home. While it’s easy to go ahead and 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 Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview. Our goal is to make sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 903-758-0701 and speak with one of our indoor air quality pros or you can simply set up an appointment with us online.