Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t buy products that has BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now everyone is telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Ocala. You shouldn’t use strong chemicals to clean your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You need to use essential oils instead of 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 anything, indoor air quality is absolutely a point you should focus on, 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 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 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, floating around our homes, it’s crucial to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause diseases.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with high levels of pollutants floating around is much harder on your home’s heating and cooling system. Pollutants clog the parts 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 more quickly, 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 increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution put off 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, 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 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 ailments 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 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 verify your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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