Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t buy merchandise that has BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Livermore. 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 drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We get it - why worry about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is certainly a point you should focus on, 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve asthma and allergy symptoms 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 supreme. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend approximately 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s crucial 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 contaminants hanging around is much harder on your home’s heating and AC system. Impurities clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your HVAC system to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become filthy more rapidly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it intensify the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be temporary, continued exposure to poor indoor air quality (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin rashes, respiratory illness, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos coming in through split foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other terminal conditions and an excessive 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 crucial for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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