You may constantly be told about new subjects that should bother you and the rest of society. Don’t buy merchandise that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.
Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Girard. You can’t use anything with chemicals to wipe down your counters. You have to buy an air purification system. You have to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.
And on and on it goes.
So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We feel you - why stress about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely an issue you should think about, 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 shared 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 at its best. So now, we’ll be frank: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend upwards of 90% of our life inside and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s crucial to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help remove the germs that cause sickless.
It affects your home
Not only can poor air quality affect your lungs it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of contaminants hanging around is much harder on your home’s heating and cooling system. Contaminants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your duct system can also become filthy more quickly, resulting in inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Many studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, 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 irritations, respiratory illness, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through split foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other deadly diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.
So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be important for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.