Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

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

Now everyone is telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Alliance. You shouldn’t use anything with chemicals to clean your home. You should install an air purification system. You should use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

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

But, of everything, indoor air quality is absolutely 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 shown you 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 at its best. So now, we’re just going to say it: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend upwards of 90% of our life in home and buildings and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help destroy the germs that cause sickless.

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 elevated levels of impurities floating around is more taxing on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your HVAC system to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty more quickly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many 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 contaminants emitted 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, extended exposure to poor indoor air quality (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin irritations, respiratory issues, and other chronic conditions. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos coming in through split foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal ailments and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen up 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 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 go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.