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. Stay away from the microwave. Only keep 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 sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You need to use essential oils instead of 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 an issue 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 asthma and allergy symptoms 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 top notch. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend an estimated 90% of our life inside 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

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the operation 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 heating and cooling system to work harder to keep your family comfortable. Your ductwork can also become filthy 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 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 scratcy 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 extreme side, radon or asbestos coming in through split foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal ailments and a strong 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 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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