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 bring home products that isn’t BPA-free. Don’t use the microwave. Only keep your leftovers in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now everyone is prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Jackson. You shouldn’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize your home. You should install an air purification system. You have to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

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’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is definitely a point 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 revealed 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’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 contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help destroy the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the function of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of pollutants floating around is more taxing on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Contaminants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your ducts can also become filthy more rapidly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it exacerbate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin rashes, respiratory issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos seeping in through fractured foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other fatal conditions and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen closely 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 healthy or struggling, call Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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