You may constantly hear about new issues that should concern you and your family. Don’t purchase products that has BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.
Now everyone is telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Houston. You can’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You should use essential oils instead of 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 get it - why worry about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of all things, indoor air quality is absolutely something you should focus on, 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 the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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’ll be frank: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend an estimated 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help destroy the germs that cause illness.
It affects your home
Not only can poor air quality affect your lungs it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with high levels of impurities lurking around is more taxing on your home’s heating and cooling system. Pollutants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work overtime to keep your family comfortable. Your ducts can also become filthy more quickly, resulting in inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Multiple studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, 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 conditions. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through fractured foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other deadly diseases and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.
So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be crucial for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.