How to Tell If You Need to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality10/24/2016 Despite popular belief, most 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. Also, according to the EPA, nearly 90% of our lives are expended indoors. How can we check that our indoor air quality is the best it can be and make sure 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 home is looking internally – how do you feel in your home? What physical symptoms do you experience inside? Poor air quality can easily be recognized through watery eyes, headaches, coughing, fatigue, sneezing and a few other symptoms that may be mistaken for other illnesses such as a cold or allergies. The best measure 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 increasing air quality is checking for odors or damage in the items throughout your home. Walls and ceilings can appear 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 things can indicate poor air quality in your home and can seriously impact your belongings. If you’ve identified any of these signs of poor air quality and are worried about your health or home comfort, the experts at Patterson & Stirling Inc are more than happy to help. We offer Healthy Climate® whole-home solutions to improve indoor air quality that work alongside your current 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 options we have with you to increase and enhance your indoor air quality. Your comfort and health is critical to us at Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie and we want to make sure you breathe easy all year long. Ask us any questions you think of by calling us at 814-833-5558 or setting up an appointment with us online.