Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new issues that should concern you and your family. Don’t buy products that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your food in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Indianapolis. You can’t use harsh chemicals to clean your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You have to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

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

But, of everything, indoor air quality is certainly something you should focus on, 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 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’re just going to say it: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect 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, floating around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help remove the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of pollutants lurking around is more exhausting 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 HVAC system to work a lot more to keep your home comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty more rapidly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it exacerbate 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), dripping eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, long-term 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 illness, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos seeping in through fractured foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other deadly diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So when someone starts talking 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 good or bad, call Broad Ripple Service Experts for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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