Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new subjects that should bother you and the rest of society. Don’t bring home anything containing BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Raleigh. Don’t use strong chemicals to sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You should use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. 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 certainly a point you should think about, 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 revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease symptoms of asthma and allergies with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even introduced you to the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality top notch. So now, we’re just going to say it: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend around 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help remove the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Not only can poor air quality affect your lungs it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with high levels of pollutants lurking around is much harder on your home’s heating and cooling system. Impurities 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 your home comfortable. Your ducts can also become dusty faster, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants 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 temporary, continued exposure to poor indoor air quality (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin irritations, respiratory issues, and other chronic conditions. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through damaged foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other terminal diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen up because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you don’t know 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 review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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