Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new matters that should worry you and your loved ones. Don’t buy products that isn’t BPA-free. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass storage sets, 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 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 agonize about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is absolutely an issue 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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 at its best. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend upwards of 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 essential 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 increased levels of impurities floating around is tougher on your home’s heating and AC system. Impurities clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep your home 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 productivity. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin irritations, respiratory problems, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos coming in through damaged foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen up because it could be important 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 determine your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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