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 bigger cities. Indoor air is also more stagnant. 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 some easy things you can do to improve your indoor air quality and have 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 will decrease 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 takes care of particles and odors, and destroys chemical vapors – all things that can severely impact respiratory concerns. 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 looking at the NASA Clean Air Study. If you have pets, you’ll want to check and make 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 causes a build up of air pollutants in your home. While it’s easy to just crack a window, that may not fix it, 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 Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning in Hattiesburg. Our goal is to be sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 601-268-3486 and chat with one of our indoor air quality experts or you can simply arrange an appointment with us online.