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 stale. 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 couple basic things you can do to increase your indoor air quality and create 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 great investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum can lessen the dust and allergens collected in your carpets and upholstered furniture. There are some contaminants that escape 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 may be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that filters out particles and odors, and destroys chemical vapors – all things that may severely impact respiratory issues. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to purify 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’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 be sure any plants you’re introducing into your home are not harmful to them if they want 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 lack of ventilation causes a build up of air pollutants inside. While it’s easy to simply crack a window, that may not be enough, which is why we have a few different ventilation solutions 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 Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore. Our goal is to be sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 410-355-6010 and speak with one of our indoor air quality experts or you can simply arrange an appointment with us online.