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 leftovers in glass containers, not plastic.

Now everyone is prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Hillsborough. You can’t use anything with chemicals to clean your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You should use essential oils and not air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We understand - why agonize about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is certainly a point you should consider, 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 asthma and allergy symptoms 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’re just going to say it: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend around 90% of our life in home and buildings and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s imperative 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 could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of impurities floating around is more exhausting 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 harder to keep your family comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty more quickly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, extended exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin irritations, respiratory issues, and other chronic conditions. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos coming in through split foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other terminal ailments and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be important for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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