How to Tell If You Need to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

October 24, 2016

Despite popular belief, the bulk of our exposure to pollutants takes place indoors rather than outdoors – indoor air can be two-to-five times more polluted than air outside, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. Plus, according to the EPA, nearly 90% of our lives are spent indoors. How can we check that our indoor air quality is the highest it can be and confirm that our health isn’t negatively impacted by what’s right in our house?

The first step to examining the indoor air quality of your home is looking internally – how do you feel in your home? What physical symptoms do you experience inside? Poor air quality can easily be identified through watery eyes, headaches, coughing, fatigue, sneezing and a few other symptoms that typically can be mistaken for other illnesses such as a cold or allergies. The best gauge to see if these symptoms are coming from your air quality is if you see them go away once you are outside of your home.

The next phase toward improving air quality is inspecting for odors or damage in the items throughout your home. Walls and ceilings can look discolored and wood furniture can also warp or chip. There might also be a musty smell that doesn’t seem to go away. All of these items can indicate poor air quality in your home and can greatly impact your belongings.

If you’ve identified any of these displays of poor air quality and are nervous about your health or home comfort, the experts at Colvin's Heating and Cooling are available to help. We offer Healthy Climate® whole-home solutions to advance indoor air quality that work with your present heating and cooling system. This ventilation system keeps air flowing through your entire home and can decrease levels of contaminants and pollutants through industry-leading air purification.

Our professionals can talk about all the choices we have with you to improve and enhance your indoor air quality. Your comfort and health is very important to us at Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs and we want your household to breathe easy all year long. Ask us any questions you think of by calling us at 816-379-3918 or scheduling an appointment with us online.