How to Tell If You Need to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality10/24/2016 Despite popular belief, most 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. Also, according to the EPA, nearly 90% of our lives are spent 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 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 identified 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 check to decide if these symptoms are coming from your air quality is if they go away once you are outdoors. The next phase toward increasing air quality is checking for odors or damage in the items around your home. Walls and ceilings can look discolored and wood furniture can begin to warp or chip. There may also be a musty smell that doesn’t seem to go away. All of these factors can indicate poor air quality in your home and can significantly impact your belongings. If you’ve noticed any of these indicators of poor air quality and are worried about your health or home comfort, the experts at WM J Kraus & Son are more than happy to help. We offer Healthy Climate® whole-home solutions to increase 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 reduce levels of contaminants and pollutants through industry-leading air purification. Our professionals can talk about all the choices we have with you to advance and enhance your indoor air quality. Your comfort and health is critical to us at WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk and we want your household to breathe easy all year long. Ask us any questions you might have by calling us at 319-524-3714 or scheduling an appointment with us online.