Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new issues that should concern you and your family. Don’t purchase merchandise that has BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your leftovers in glass containers, not plastic.

Now people are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Canada. Don’t use strong chemicals to clean your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You have to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

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

But, of anything, indoor air quality is absolutely an issue you should focus on, 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 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 be frank: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend approximately 90% of our life in home and buildings and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help eliminate the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Not only can poor air quality affect your lungs it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with high levels of impurities floating around is more exhausting on your home’s heating and cooling system. Pollutants clog the elements 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 your family comfortable. Your ducts can also become dusty faster, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), dripping eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, 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 inflammation, respiratory illness, and other chronic ailments. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through damaged foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other deadly ailments and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen closely because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complimentary 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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