Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new matters that should worry you and the rest of society. Don’t purchase products containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your leftovers in glass jars, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Longmont. Don’t use anything with chemicals to wipe down your counters. You need to invest in an air purification system. You should use essential oils instead of 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 get it - why panic about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of everything, indoor air quality is certainly something you should focus on, 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 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 supreme. So now, we’ll be frank: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend upwards of 90% of our life inside and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help eliminate 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 increased levels of contaminants lurking around is much harder on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Impurities clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your heating and AC system to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dusty more rapidly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it exacerbate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), dripping eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin rashes, respiratory issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos coming in through cracked foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other deadly diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen closely 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 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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