Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new issues that should concern you and your family. Don’t purchase anything that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your food in glass containers, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Indianapolis. You can’t use strong chemicals to clean your home. You should install 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 get it - why stress about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of everything, indoor air quality is certainly an issue you should focus on, 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 asthma and allergy symptoms 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 top notch. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: 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, lurking around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help destroy the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with high levels of pollutants floating around is more exhausting on your home’s heating and AC system. Pollutants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep your home comfortable. Your ducts can also become filthy more rapidly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it exacerbate 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), dripping eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, continued exposure to poor indoor air quality (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin irritations, respiratory illness, and other chronic conditions. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos coming in through fractured foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other deadly diseases and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can cause 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 are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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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