Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your loved ones. Don’t purchase products that isn’t BPA-free. Stay away from the microwave. Only save your leftovers in glass containers, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Roanoke. You shouldn’t use strong chemicals to wipe down your counters. You should install an air purification system. You need to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We understand - why agonize about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of everything, indoor air quality is absolutely an issue you should focus on, 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 alleviate asthma and allergy symptoms 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 at its best. So now, we’re just going to say it: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend around 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s crucial to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help eliminate the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of pollutants lurking around is much harder on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Pollutants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your heating and AC system to work a lot more to keep your home comfortable. Your ducts can also become filthy more rapidly, giving you 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 worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and scratcy 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 rashes, respiratory problems, and other chronic conditions. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos coming in through damaged foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal conditions and a high 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 vital for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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