How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?

February 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 stagnant. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and let in some fresh air, that’s not always realistic, especially this winter. There are a few simple 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, 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 contaminants that get around your vacuum no matter how clean you keep your home. If you or someone in your home has allergies, a PureAir™ Air Purification System may 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 may severely impact respiratory concerns.

Air Purifying Plants

Plants are a natural way to clean your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen. Additionally, there are some plants that have been found to also destroy 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 checking out the NASA Clean Air Study. If you have pets, you’ll want to check and make 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 maintain energy efficiency. This lack of ventilation means 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 carry a few different ventilation options 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 WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk. Our goal is to ensure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 319-229-2318 and speak with one of our indoor air quality professionals.