You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your loved ones. Don’t bring home products that isn’t BPA-free. Stay away from the microwave. Only keep your leftovers in glass containers, not plastic.
Now your neighbors are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in the Niagara Region. Don’t use harsh chemicals to clean your home. You should install an air purification system. You need to use essential oils and not air fresheners.
And on and on it goes.
So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We understand - why agonize about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of anything, indoor air quality is certainly an issue you should consider, 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 shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve 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 put it bluntly: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend upwards of 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help destroy the germs that cause sickless.
It affects your home
Not only can poor air quality affect your lungs it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of pollutants floating around is tougher on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Contaminants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty more rapidly, resulting in inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Many 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 contaminants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), dripping eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin irritations, respiratory issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through cracked foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other deadly conditions and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.
So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call 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.