Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new subjects that should bother you and your loved ones. Don’t buy merchandise containing BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only save your leftovers in glass jars, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Naples. You can’t use harsh chemicals to clean your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You need to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

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

But, of all things, indoor air quality is definitely an issue you should think about, 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 relieve symptoms of asthma and allergies 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’re just going to say it: bad indoor air quality is bad for 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 crucial to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help destroy the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of contaminants floating around is more exhausting on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Contaminants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and AC system to work overtime to keep you comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it aggravate 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), dripping eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, continued 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 illness, and other chronic conditions. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos coming in through cracked foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen up 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 good or bad, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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