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 stagnant. 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 improve 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, great suction and rotating brushes is a wise investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum can reduce the dust and allergens stacking up in your carpets and upholstered furniture. There are some contaminants 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 could be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that gets rid of particles and odors, and destroys chemical vapors – all things that could severely impact respiratory concerns. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to purify 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 you’d like to add an air purifying plant to 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 ensure any plants you’re adding to 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 maintain energy efficiency. This reduced ventilation results in a build up of air pollutants inside. While it’s easy to simply crack a window, that may not fix it, which is why we carry a few different ventilation products 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 Strine's Heating & A/C Inc in York. Our goal is to be sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 717-755-4127 and talk with one of our indoor air quality experts or you can simply arrange an appointment with us online.