Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and the rest of society. Don’t bring home products containing BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now people are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Buffalo. You shouldn’t use anything with chemicals to wipe down your counters. You should install an air purification system. You should use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We get it - why agonize about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of everything, indoor air quality is certainly something you should pay attention to, 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 revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate symptoms of asthma and allergies 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 be frank: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend approximately 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help fight the germs that cause diseases.

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 impurities hanging around is more exhausting on your home’s heating and AC system. Pollutants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and AC system to work overtime to keep your family comfortable. Your ducts can also become filthy faster, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace production. Not only can it aggravate 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 irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, extended exposure to poor indoor air quality (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin irritations, respiratory issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos seeping in through split foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other deadly ailments and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen up because it could be critical for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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