Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new matters that should worry you and the rest of society. Don’t buy anything that isn’t BPA-free. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Charlotte. Don’t use strong chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You need to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We get it - why stress about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is absolutely an issue 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve the symptoms of allergies and asthma with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even given you a full review of the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality top notch. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend around 90% of our life inside and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s crucial to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help destroy the germs that cause sickless.

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 high levels of impurities hanging around is more exhausting on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Pollutants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and AC system to work overtime to keep you comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty more rapidly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have shown 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 pollutants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), dripping eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be temporary, extended exposure to poor indoor air quality (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory problems, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through split foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal ailments and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen closely because it could be crucial for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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