Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new issues that should concern you and your family. Don’t bring home anything containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only keep your leftovers in glass jars, not plastic.

Now people are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Cocoa. Don’t use anything with chemicals to wipe down your counters. You have to buy an air purification system. You need to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We get it - why agonize about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of everything, indoor air quality is definitely a point you should pay attention to, and here’s why.

It affects your health

We’ve outlined how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease the symptoms of allergies and asthma with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even provided information about the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality supreme. So now, we’ll be frank: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend an estimated 90% of our life in home and buildings and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause diseases.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of impurities lurking around is more taxing on your home’s heating and AC system. Pollutants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and cooling system to work a lot more to keep your home comfortable. Your ducts can also become dirty more rapidly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, continued exposure to poor indoor air quality (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin irritations, respiratory problems, and other chronic conditions. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos coming in through fractured foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal conditions and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be crucial for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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