How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?02/11/2016 The EPA has noted that indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in bigger cities. Indoor air is also more still. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and get some fresh air, that’s not always an option, especially this winter. There are a couple easy things you can do to increase 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 wise investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum will reduce the dust and allergens accumulating in your carpets and upholstered furniture. There are some particles 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 might be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that takes care of particles and odors, and eliminates chemical vapors – all things that can severely aggravate 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 neutralize 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 ensure any plants you’re introducing into your home are not harmful to them if they end up giving them a taste test. Keep Your Home Ventilated Modern homes are created to keep outdoor air out of your home in order to retain energy efficiency. This decreased ventilation means a build up of air pollutants indoors. While it’s easy to simply crack a window, that may not solve it, which is why we offer a few different ventilation options to help increase your indoor air quality and keep your home’s air clean and fresh. Your air quality and comfort is important to us at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids. Our goal is to be sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 715-421-5555 and speak with one of our indoor air quality pros or you can simply arrange an appointment with us online.