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 keep your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now people are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Fort Myers. You shouldn’t use harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You need to use essential oils as an alternative to 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 anything, indoor air quality is definitely an issue 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 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’re just going to say it: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend nearly 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 critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of pollutants lurking around is tougher on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and AC system to work harder to keep your family comfortable. Your duct system can also become filthy more quickly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have proven 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 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 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 illness, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos coming in through cracked foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal ailments and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to 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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