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 stale. While we’d all like to be able to open the windows and breathe some fresh air, that’s not always an option, especially this winter. There are a few basic 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, great suction and rotating brushes is a great investment in the air quality of your home. Vacuuming once a week with a HEPA-certified vacuum will decrease the dust and allergens collected 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 deals with allergies, a PureAir™ Air Purification System could be just what you need. This system is a whole-home solution that takes care of particles and odors, and neutralizes chemical vapors – all things that can severely aggravate respiratory problems. Air Purifying Plants Plants are a natural way to freshen your air and all plants absorb carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen. Additionally, there are some plants that have been found to also eliminate 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 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 lack of ventilation means 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 offer a few different ventilation products 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 Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. in Topeka. Our goal is to be sure you can breathe easy and breathe healthy. Call us at 785-357-6200 and chat with one of our indoor air quality experts or you can simply arrange an appointment with us online.