Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new issues that should concern you and your family. Don’t bring home products that has BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your leftovers in glass jars, not plastic.

Now everyone is 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 should use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We understand - 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease asthma and allergy symptoms 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: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor 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, floating 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 performance 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 parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work a lot more to keep you comfortable. Your ducts can also become filthy more rapidly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it increase 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 short-term, 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 seeping in through fractured foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other deadly 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 critical 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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