Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new matters that should worry you and your loved ones. Don’t buy products that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Orlando. You shouldn’t use harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You should install an air purification system. You need to use essential oils and not air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

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

But, of everything, indoor air quality is certainly an issue you should consider, 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 shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve 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’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 impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help remove the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with high levels of impurities hanging around is more exhausting on your home’s heating and cooling system. Contaminants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your ducts can also become dirty more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC 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 (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin irritations, respiratory issues, and other chronic ailments. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos coming in through damaged foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other deadly ailments and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be vital 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 no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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