Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t purchase merchandise containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now everyone is telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in West Chester. You shouldn’t use strong chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You need to use essential oils instead of 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 feel you - why worry about one issue if you’re just going to 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 outlined how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate 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: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend nearly 90% of our life in home and buildings and with indoor air pollutants, 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 fight the germs that cause diseases.

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 elevated levels of impurities lurking around is more exhausting on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Pollutants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work a lot more to keep your home comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be temporary, long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory issues, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through cracked foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other terminal conditions and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen up because it could be important for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a no-charge 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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