Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new issues that should concern you and the rest of society. Don’t bring home anything containing BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your leftovers in glass jars, not plastic.

Now everyone is talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Windsor. You can’t use strong chemicals to clean your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You need to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

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

But, of everything, indoor air quality is definitely something you should pay attention to, and here’s why.

It affects your health

We’ve outlined how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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 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 an estimated 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help eliminate the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with high levels of impurities lurking around is tougher on your home’s heating and AC system. Impurities clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and cooling system to work harder to keep your family comfortable. Your ductwork can also become filthy faster, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace production. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), dripping eyes, and itchy 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 illness, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos seeping in through split foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other deadly ailments and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to 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 don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts for a free 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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