Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new subjects that should bother you and the rest of society. Don’t bring home merchandise that has BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only keep your leftovers in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now everyone is prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Cleveland. Don’t use anything with chemicals to wipe down your counters. You should install an air purification system. You need to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We understand - why panic about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is definitely a point you should focus on, and here’s why.

It affects your health

We’ve explained how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve symptoms of asthma and allergies 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 top notch. So now, we’ll be frank: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend upwards of 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the function of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of impurities lurking around is tougher on your home’s heating and cooling system. Impurities 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 filthy more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace production. Not only can it intensify the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution emitted 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-lived, 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 deadly ailments and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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