How’s the air where you are? If you’re indoors, chances are good that the air is less than crystal clear. While it’s to be expected that indoor air quality will not be as good as outdoor air, it’s important to keep an eye on the air quality inside your home. Poor air quality indoors can cause serious health problems, which often start with coughing, sore throat, itchy or watery eyes, or similar issues. Unfortunately, these types of things are rarely attributed to poor indoor air quality, even when that’s the main factor behind them.

Air fresheners or odor-fighting chemicals don’t truly do a lot to help, since they’re designed to simply mask one effect of poor air quality – odor. A more reliable way to improve indoor air quality is by identifying potential causes of poor air quality. Thinks like malfunctioning or dirty air conditioners, poorly-ventilated heating or cooking appliances, heavy smoking, clogged filters, or mold can be major contributors, and a professional home inspection can help you identify them.

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