Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t purchase products that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only save your leftovers in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Roanoke. You shouldn’t use strong chemicals to wipe down your counters. You need to invest in an air purification system. You need to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

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

But, of everything, indoor air quality is absolutely something 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 relieve the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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’ll put it bluntly: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend an estimated 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 filter our air and help eliminate the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with high levels of contaminants floating around is much harder on your home’s heating and cooling system. Contaminants clog the parts 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 dirty more rapidly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace production. 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), watery eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, 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 issues, and other chronic ailments. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos coming in through damaged foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal conditions and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about 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 determine your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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