Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t bring home anything containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now people are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Columbia. Don’t use anything with chemicals to clean your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You have to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We understand - why stress about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is certainly 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 at its best. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: 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 clean 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 contaminants lurking around is more taxing on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your HVAC 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 pollution put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery 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 fractured foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other terminal diseases and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen closely because it could be critical for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free 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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