How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?02/11/2016 Stagnant air inside your home could be dangerous. The EPA has conducted studies and those studies came to the conclusion that indoor air can be anywhere from 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air in metropolitan cities. We wish the weather were always nice enough that you could open the windows and let in some fresh air, but living in Pinellas County you know that’s not usually an option. For those days when the weather doesn’t allow you to open the windows, the team at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc has some tips to boost your indoor air quality and foster a healthier indoor environment. Keep Clean If you haven’t already, look into buying a vacuum with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter, strong suction and also rotating brushes. You’d be surprised at the improvement a quality vacuum can make on the air quality of your home. Using a quality vacuum once a week will work to battle allergens and dust that collects in your carpets and furniture. Of course your vacuum can’t pick up everything, but it’s a great place to start. If anyone in your home is suffering from allergies or other respiratory problems you may want to consider a PureAir™ Air Purification System. The PureAir™ is a whole-home solution for enhancing your indoor air quality. It destroys all three types of pollutants which are: airborne particles, germs and bacteria along with chemical odors and vapors. All of these things have been found to aggravate those of us with asthma and allergies. Get Help from Mother Nature Give mother nature a chance to help you out and purify your air in a natural way. As we all learned in science class, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Not only that, but plants can also battle harmful toxins contained within your home such as: formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene. If you’re looking into adding some foliage to fight your pollutants, read the Clean Air Study conducted by NASA. The study determined the best plants for such an important task. If you have any furry friends, double-check and make sure any plants you bring into to your home are not harmful if your pets decide to snack on them. Ventilate Your Home In an effort to make homes more energy-efficient, contemporary homes are being built to keep the outdoor air outside. While this is incredible for energy-efficiency, the shortage of ventilation can create a buildup of pollutants inside your home. As we mentioned previously, opening windows isn’t always an option, we offer a variety of ventilation solutions to improve your indoor air quality and keep your indoor air feeling fresh. Improving your indoor air quality and keeping your home comfortable is important to the team at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Pinellas County. We will work to help you breathe healthy and breathe easy. If you’re in the market for some fresher air give us a call at 727-398-5515 and speak with our indoor air quality professionals. If you would rather, you can easily set up an appointment with us using our easy-to-use online scheduler.