Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new matters that should worry you and your family. Don’t purchase anything that isn’t BPA-free. Don’t use the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.

Now everyone is prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Columbus. Don’t use harsh chemicals to wipe down your counters. You should install an air purification system. You need to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. 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 absolutely an issue you should pay attention to, 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 asthma and allergy symptoms 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 supreme. So now, we’ll be frank: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend nearly 90% of our life inside and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s crucial to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help fight the germs that cause diseases.

It affects your home

Not only can poor air quality affect your lungs it can also affect the function of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of pollutants floating around is much harder on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work overtime to keep your family comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dusty more rapidly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace production. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, 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 irritations, respiratory problems, and other chronic conditions. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos coming in through split foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal diseases and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be crucial 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 determine your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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