Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new matters that should worry you and your family. Don’t purchase merchandise that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your leftovers in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now everyone is telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Albany. Don’t use harsh chemicals to wipe down your counters. You should install an air purification system. You have to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We feel you - why agonize about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely a point you should pay attention to, 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 revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve 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 put it bluntly: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend an estimated 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 crucial to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help remove the germs that cause diseases.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with high levels of impurities floating around is much harder on your home’s heating and AC system. Pollutants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep you comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty faster, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge 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), watery eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, continued exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory issues, and other chronic ailments. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos seeping in through damaged foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other fatal conditions and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can result in 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 good or bad, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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