Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new issues that should concern you and the rest of society. Don’t bring home merchandise containing BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now people are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Fort Myers. Don’t use harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You need to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

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 certainly 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 relieve asthma and allergy symptoms with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even provided information about the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality top notch. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend upwards of 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of pollutants lurking around is more exhausting on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and AC system to work overtime to keep your family comfortable. Your ducts can also become dirty faster, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace production. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and itchy 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 illness, and other chronic conditions. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos seeping in through cracked foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal ailments and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be critical for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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