Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new subjects that should bother you and your loved ones. Don’t bring home anything that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Hurricane. You shouldn’t use harsh 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 stress 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 pay attention to, 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 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: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend an estimated 90% of our life in home and buildings and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking 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 performance of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of impurities lurking around is tougher on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Contaminants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and cooling system to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. Your ducts can also become dirty more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution put off 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 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 illness, and other chronic ailments. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through split foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other deadly conditions and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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