Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new matters that should worry you and your loved ones. Don’t buy merchandise that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only keep your food in glass jars, not plastic.

Now people are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Charleston. You shouldn’t use harsh chemicals to clean your home. You should install an air purification system. You need to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We get it - why agonize about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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 be frank: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend upwards of 90% of our life inside and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help fight the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of pollutants hanging around is more taxing on your home’s heating and AC system. Pollutants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep your home comfortable. Your ducts can also become dirty faster, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it worsen 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 scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin rashes, respiratory problems, and other chronic conditions. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through damaged foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen up because it could be crucial for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Pardee Service Experts for a free in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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