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 larger cities. Indoor air is also more stale. 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 some easy 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, strong 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 lessen the dust and allergens stacking up 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 suffers from allergies, a PureAir™ Air Purification System might 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 could severely aggravate respiratory problems. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to freshen your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. In addition, there are some plants that have been found to also eliminate harmful toxins such as: benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. If you want 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 ensure any plants you’re adding to your home are not harmful to them if they end up giving 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 results in a build up of air pollutants indoors. While it’s easy to simply crack a window, that may not fix it, 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 Branson HVAC, LLC in Ridgedale and the Branson area. Our goal is to ensure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 417-544-4430 and chat with one of our indoor air quality pros or you can simply set up an appointment with us online.