You may constantly be told about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t buy merchandise that has 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 sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You should 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 get it - why panic about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely something 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 symptoms of asthma and allergies with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even introduced you to the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality top notch. 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 essential to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help remove 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 pollutants floating around is more exhausting on your home’s heating and cooling system. Pollutants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and AC system to work harder to keep you comfortable. Your duct system can also become filthy more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Several studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants released 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, long-term 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 seeping 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 closely because it could be critical 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 determine your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.