Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new issues that should concern you and your family. Don’t buy anything that isn’t BPA-free. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your food in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now everyone is prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Hillsborough. You can’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize 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 start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We get it - why agonize about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely 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 relieve the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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’ll put it bluntly: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend an estimated 90% of our life in home and buildings and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can filter 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 workings of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of impurities floating around is tougher 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 ducts can also become dirty faster, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several 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 pollution released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing 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 rashes, respiratory problems, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos seeping in through split foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other terminal ailments and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can cause 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 good or bad, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts for a complimentary 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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