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 store your leftovers in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Mobile. You can’t use strong chemicals to wipe down your counters. You have to buy an air purification system. You should use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We feel you - why stress about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely an issue you should focus on, and here’s why.

It affects your health

We’ve outlined how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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 at its best. So now, we’ll be frank: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend nearly 90% of our life inside and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help fight the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the function of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of contaminants hanging around is much harder on your home’s heating and cooling system. Pollutants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep you comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dirty more quickly, resulting in 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 worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, prolonged 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 illness, and other chronic ailments. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos coming in through cracked foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other deadly conditions and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be crucial for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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