Contrary to popular belief, the bulk 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. Additionally, according to the EPA, nearly 90% of our lives are expended indoors. How can we make sure that our indoor air quality is the highest it can be and make sure that our health is not being negatively impacted by what’s right in our 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 inside? 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 check to determine if these symptoms are coming from your air quality is if you see them go away once you are away from your home.
The next stage toward improving air quality is checking for odors or damage in the items throughout your home. Walls and ceilings can appear discolored and wood furniture can begin to warp or chip. There could also be a musty smell that doesn’t seem to go away. All of these items can indicate poor air quality in your home and can greatly impact your belongings.
If you’ve noticed any of these displays of poor air quality and are nervous about your health or home comfort, the experts at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling are here to help. We offer Healthy Climate® whole-home solutions to increase indoor air quality that work alongside your existing 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 share all the options we have with you to increase and enhance your indoor air quality. Your comfort and health is critical to us at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling in Portland and we want to make sure you breathe easy all year long. Ask us any questions you think of by calling us at 503-213-4433 or setting up an appointment with us online.