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 containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.

Now everyone is talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Waldorf. Don’t use strong chemicals to clean your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You have to 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 understand - why stress about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of everything, indoor air quality is absolutely an issue you should consider, and here’s why.

It affects your health

We’ve told you how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve revealed 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: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend approximately 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can purify 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 function of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of pollutants hanging around is more taxing on your home’s heating and cooling system. Pollutants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and AC system to work overtime to keep you comfortable. Your ducts can also become filthy more quickly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace production. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, continued exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin irritations, respiratory illness, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through split foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other terminal diseases and a strong 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 critical for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free 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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