Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new matters that should worry you and your loved ones. Don’t bring home anything containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your leftovers in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Savannah. Don’t use harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You should use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We feel you - why panic about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely a point you should pay attention to, 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 alleviate symptoms of asthma and allergies 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 be frank: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend upwards of 90% of our life inside and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help remove the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the function of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of pollutants hanging around is tougher on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Contaminants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep you comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty more rapidly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace production. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants released 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 (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin rashes, respiratory illness, and other chronic conditions. On the more extreme 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 cause sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be crucial for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Coastal Service Experts for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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