Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and the rest of society. Don’t buy products containing BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now people are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Gainesville. You can’t use anything with chemicals to clean your home. You should install an air purification system. You should use essential oils and not air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

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

But, of everything, indoor air quality is definitely something you should pay attention to, 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 revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease 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 top notch. So now, we’re just going to say it: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your 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, floating around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of contaminants lurking around is tougher on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work harder to keep your family comfortable. Your ductwork can also become filthy faster, leaving you with 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 emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), dripping eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory illness, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos sneaking 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 the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen up because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call 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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