Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t bring home products that isn’t BPA-free. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Hurricane. Don’t use strong chemicals to wipe down your counters. You need to invest in an air purification system. You have to use essential oils and not air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We understand - 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 pay attention to, 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease asthma and allergy symptoms 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 supreme. So now, we’re just going to say it: 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 pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause diseases.

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 lurking around is tougher on your home’s heating and cooling system. Contaminants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty faster, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and irritated 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 irritations, respiratory illness, and other chronic conditions. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through split foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal conditions and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Teays Valley Service Experts for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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