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 family. Don’t bring home anything containing BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only keep your food in glass containers, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Savannah. You shouldn’t use harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You need to 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 stress about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is definitely a point you should pay attention to, 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 relieve 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 indoors 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 clean our air and help remove the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the function of your home. Indoor air with high levels of pollutants hanging around is more exhausting on your home’s heating and cooling 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 ducts can also become filthy more rapidly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace production. 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 scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, 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 rashes, respiratory illness, and other chronic conditions. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos coming in through damaged foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other deadly diseases and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase 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 free in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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