How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?02/11/2016 The EPA has discovered 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 simple things you can do to improve 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 wise 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 particles that escape 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 could be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that gets rid of particles and odors, and eliminates chemical vapors – all things that may severely impact respiratory problems. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to clean your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Also, 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 be sure any plants you’re adding to your home are not harmful to them if they decide 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 keep its energy efficiency. This decreased 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 carry 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 WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk. Our goal is to be sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 319-524-3714 and chat with one of our indoor air quality experts or you can simply set up an appointment with us online.