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 purchase merchandise containing BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Livermore. You can’t use harsh chemicals to clean your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You should use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

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 still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is definitely a point you should focus on, 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 relieve the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend approximately 90% of our life inside and with indoor air pollutants, 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

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, 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 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 ductwork can also become filthy more rapidly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace efficiency. 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), tearing eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be temporary, continued 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 sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos seeping in through split foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other terminal conditions and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to 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 good or bad, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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