You may constantly be bombarded with new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t bring home anything that isn’t BPA-free. Stay away from the microwave. Only keep your food in glass containers, not plastic.
Now your neighbors are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in the Niagara Region. Don’t use strong chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You need to use essential oils and not air fresheners.
The chatter never ends.
So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We understand - why agonize about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely something you should consider, 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 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: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend nearly 90% of our life inside 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 purify our air and help remove the germs that cause illness.
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 contaminants floating around is more exhausting 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 overtime to keep you comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty more rapidly, giving you inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Many studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace production. Not only can it increase 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 scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, prolonged 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 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 when someone starts talking about 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 Niagara Home Services by Enercare for a free in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.