Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new subjects that should bother you and your loved ones. Don’t bring home anything that isn’t BPA-free. Don’t use the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in San Antonio. You shouldn’t use strong chemicals to clean your home. You should install an air purification system. You should use essential oils and not air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

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

But, of anything, indoor air quality is absolutely an issue you should think about, 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 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 supreme. So now, we’re just going to say it: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend approximately 90% of our life in home and buildings and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help fight the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of impurities hanging around is more taxing on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Impurities clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and AC system to work harder to keep your family comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty more rapidly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it exacerbate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, 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 inflammation, respiratory problems, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos seeping in through cracked foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other deadly conditions and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen up because it could be important for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call San Antonio Air Service Experts for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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