How to Tell If You Need to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality10/24/2016 Contrary to popular belief, the majority of our exposure to pollutants happens 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 ensure that our indoor air quality is the greatest it can be and confirm that our health isn’t negatively impacted by what’s right in our house? The first step to checking the indoor air quality of your house is looking internally – how do you feel in your home? What physical symptoms do you experience when you are indoors? Poor air quality can easily be acknowledged 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 check to see if these symptoms are coming from your air quality is if they subside once you are away from your home. The next phase toward increasing air quality is checking for odors or damage in the items throughout your home. Walls and ceilings can look discolored and wood furniture can start to warp or chip. There may also be a musty smell that doesn’t seem to leave. All of these items can indicate poor air quality in your home and can greatly impact your belongings. If you’ve observed any of these signs of poor air quality and are concerned about your health or home comfort, the experts at Beck Cohen are here to help. We offer Healthy Climate® whole-home solutions to advance indoor air quality that work with your existing 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 selections we have with you to increase and enhance your indoor air quality. Your comfort and health is critical to us at Beck Cohen in Charlottesville and we want your family to breathe easy all year long. Ask us any questions you might have by calling us at 434-296-0129 or arranging an appointment with us online.