How to Tell If You Need to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality10/24/2016 Contrary to popular belief, most of our exposure to pollutants occurs 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 consumed indoors. How can we ensure that our indoor air quality is the best it can be and ensure 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 can often be mistaken for other illnesses such as a cold or allergies. The best gauge to determine if these symptoms are coming from your air quality is if you see them go away once you are outdoors. The next stage toward improving air quality is examining for odors or damage in the items throughout your home. Walls and ceilings can become discolored and wood furniture can begin to warp or chip. There may also be a musty smell that doesn’t seem to disappear. All of these items can indicate poor air quality in your home and can seriously impact your belongings. If you’ve identified any of these indicators of poor air quality and are concerned about your health or home comfort, the experts at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. are available to help. We offer Healthy Climate® whole-home solutions to increase indoor air quality that work with your present heating and cooling system. This ventilation system keeps air flowing throughout 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 advance and enhance your indoor air quality. Your comfort and health is critical to us at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro and we want to make sure you breathe easy all year long. Ask us any questions you may have by calling us at 256-574-1300 or scheduling an appointment with us online.