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 loved ones. Don’t buy anything containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now people are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Ocala. Don’t use strong chemicals to clean your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You need to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We feel you - why stress about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is absolutely a point you should focus on, 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 introduced you to the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality top notch. So now, we’ll be frank: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend approximately 90% of our life inside and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause diseases.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with high levels of contaminants lurking around is much harder on your home’s heating and cooling system. Contaminants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dusty faster, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace production. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, 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 problems, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos seeping in through split foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen closely because it could be crucial 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 share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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