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How to Tell If You Need to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

In spite of 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 ensure that our indoor air quality is the highest it can be and make sure that our health will not be negatively impacted by what’s right in our home?

The first step to examining the indoor air quality of your residence 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 check to determine if these symptoms are coming from your air quality is if they go away once you are away from your home.

The next stage toward increasing air quality is examining for odors or damage in the items around your home. Walls and ceilings can appear 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 items can indicate poor air quality in your home and can significantly impact your belongings.

If you’ve observed any of these signs of poor air quality and are worried about your health or home comfort, the experts at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help. We offer Healthy Climate® whole-home solutions to increase indoor air quality that work alongside your current heating and cooling system. This ventilation system keeps air flowing through your entire home and can decrease levels of contaminants and pollutants through industry-leading air purification.

Our professionals can share all the selections we have with you to improve and enhance your indoor air quality. Your comfort and health is critical to us at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line and we want to make sure you breathe easy all year long. Ask us any questions you might have by calling us at 610-257-7035 or setting up an appointment with us online.