Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t bring home products containing BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.

Now people are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Columbia. You shouldn’t use anything with chemicals to clean your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You have 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 panic about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely a point you should think about, 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 ease symptoms of asthma and allergies 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’re just going to say it: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend around 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of pollutants floating around is more taxing on your home’s heating and AC system. Pollutants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work a lot more to keep your family comfortable. Your ductwork can also become filthy more quickly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace production. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, extended 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 issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos coming in through damaged foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other terminal ailments and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen closely 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 Midland Air Service Experts for a complimentary 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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