How to Tell If You Need to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality10/24/2016 Contrary to 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 expended indoors. How can we ensure that our indoor air quality is the greatest it can be and ensure that our health isn’t negatively impacted by what’s right in our home? The first step to inspecting the indoor air quality of your house is looking internally – how do you feel in your home? What physical symptoms do you experience indoors? Poor air quality can easily be acknowledged 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 determine if these symptoms are coming from your air quality is if they subside once you are outside of your home. The next phase toward enhancing air quality is checking for odors or damage in the items around your home. Walls and ceilings can look discolored and wood furniture can also warp or chip. There could also be a musty smell that doesn’t seem to disappear. All of these factors can indicate poor air quality in your home and can significantly impact your belongings. If you’ve identified any of these indicators of poor air quality and are nervous about your health or home comfort, the experts at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. are more than happy to help. We offer Healthy Climate® whole-home solutions to advance indoor air quality that work together with your present heating and cooling system. This ventilation system keeps air flowing around your entire home and can lower 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 Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview and we want your family to breathe easy all year long. Ask us any questions you might have by calling us at 903-758-0701 or setting up an appointment with us online.