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 highly industrialized cities. Indoor air is also more still. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and let in some fresh air, that’s not always reasonable, especially this winter. There are some simple things you can do to increase 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 wise investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum will reduce the dust and allergens collected in your carpets and upholstered furniture. There are some things that sneak by 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 eliminates chemical vapors – all things that can severely impact respiratory issues. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to freshen your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Additionally, there are some plants that have been found to also neutralize harmful toxins such as: benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. If If you want an air purifying plant for your home, you can find a list of those plants by reading 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 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 decreased ventilation results in a build up of air pollutants inside. While it’s easy to just crack a window, that may not fix it, which is why we carry a few different ventilation products 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 Ocean Air Conditioning in Orange County. Our goal is to be sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 949-525-9119 and talk with one of our indoor air quality experts or you can simply set up an appointment with us online.