How to Tell If You Need to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality10/24/2016 In spite of popular belief, the majority 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 confirm that our health will not be negatively impacted by what’s right in your home? The first step to inspecting the indoor air quality of your home is looking internally – how do you feel in your home? What physical symptoms do you experience indoors? Poor air quality can easily be identified 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 you see them go away once you are outside of your home. The next stage toward enhancing air quality is inspecting for odors or damage in the items throughout your home. Walls and ceilings can become discolored and wood furniture can start to warp or chip. There might also be a musty smell that doesn’t seem to go away. All of these things can indicate poor air quality in your home and can significantly impact your belongings. If you’ve noticed any of these signs of poor air quality and are nervous about your health or home comfort, the experts at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing are more than happy to help. We offer Healthy Climate® whole-home solutions to increase indoor air quality that work together with your current heating and cooling system. This ventilation system keeps air flowing through your entire house and can reduce levels of contaminants and pollutants through industry-leading air purification. Our professionals can talk about all the choices we have with you to increase and enhance your indoor air quality. Your comfort and health is critical to us at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield and we want your family to breathe easy all year long. Ask us any questions you think of by calling us at 661-437-3499 or scheduling an appointment with us online.