Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new issues that should concern you and your loved ones. Don’t purchase products that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.

Now people are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Memphis. Don’t use harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You have to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

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

But, of all things, indoor air quality is absolutely something you should pay attention to, 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 shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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 put it bluntly: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend nearly 90% of our life indoors 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 filter our air and help fight the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only can poor air quality affect your lungs it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with high levels of impurities floating around is more exhausting on your home’s heating and AC system. Impurities clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work a lot more to keep you comfortable. Your duct system can also become filthy more rapidly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin rashes, respiratory issues, and other chronic conditions. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos coming in through fractured foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other deadly ailments and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can result in 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 good or bad, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a no-charge 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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