Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new issues that should concern 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 people are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Kansas City. You can’t use harsh chemicals to clean your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You should use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

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

But, of all things, indoor air quality is definitely an issue you should consider, 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 shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease symptoms of asthma and allergies with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even introduced you to the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality at its best. 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 pollutants, 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 sickless.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of pollutants lurking around is much harder on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and AC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty more rapidly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it increase 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 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 issues, 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 diseases and a strong 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 critical for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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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