Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new matters that should worry you and the rest of society. Don’t buy products that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only save your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now everyone is prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Kansas City. You can’t use strong chemicals to sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You need to use essential oils instead of 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 understand - why panic about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely something you should consider, 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease symptoms of asthma and allergies with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even given you a full review of the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality at its best. 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, floating around our homes, it’s imperative 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 could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with high levels of contaminants floating around is much harder on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and AC system to work overtime to keep you comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty more rapidly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin rashes, respiratory problems, and other chronic conditions. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos seeping in through damaged foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal ailments and a strong 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 critical for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Neal Harris 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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