Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t bring home anything that has BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now everyone is talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Fort Lauderdale. You shouldn’t use strong chemicals to wipe down your counters. You have to buy an air purification system. You should use essential oils and not air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

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

But, of everything, indoor air quality is definitely an issue you should think about, and here’s why.

It affects your health

We’ve explained how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate 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’ll be frank: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend nearly 90% of our life inside 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 remove the germs that cause illness.

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 high levels of contaminants floating around is tougher on your home’s heating and AC system. Pollutants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your heating and AC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dirty more quickly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace production. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be temporary, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos seeping in through cracked foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal conditions and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen closely because it could be important 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 free in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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