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 store 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 need to use essential oils and not air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We get it - why panic 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 focus on, 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve asthma and allergy symptoms 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’ll put it bluntly: 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 purify our air and help fight the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but 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 heating and cooling system. Impurities clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and AC system to work harder to keep your family comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty 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 productivity. Not only can it worsen 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), tearing 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 extreme side, radon or asbestos coming in through cracked foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other fatal 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 closely 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 free 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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