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 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. Additionally, according to the EPA, nearly 90% of our lives are spent indoors. How can we make sure 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 house? The first step to examining 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 can often be mistaken for other illnesses such as a cold or allergies. The best gauge to see if these symptoms are coming from your air quality is if they go away once you are outside of your home. The next phase toward improving air quality is examining for odors or damage in the items within your home. Walls and ceilings can look discolored and wood furniture can start to warp or chip. There could also be a musty smell that doesn’t seem to disappear. 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 displays of poor air quality and are nervous about your health or home comfort, the experts at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. are available to help. We offer Healthy Climate® whole-home solutions to improve indoor air quality that work with your present heating and cooling system. This ventilation system keeps air flowing throughout your entire house and can reduce levels of contaminants and pollutants through industry-leading air purification. Our professionals can discuss all the choices we have with you to increase and enhance your indoor air quality. Your comfort and health is critical to us at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia and we want your household to breathe easy all year long. Ask us any questions you may have by calling us at 803-796-9172 or scheduling an appointment with us online.