Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new matters that should worry you and your loved ones. Don’t buy products containing BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now people are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Grand Island. You shouldn’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You have to use essential oils and not air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

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

But, of anything, indoor air quality is absolutely 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 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 approximately 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help eliminate the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with high levels of contaminants hanging around is much harder on your home’s heating and cooling system. Contaminants 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 you comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty faster, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace production. Not only can it exacerbate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants 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-term, extended 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 issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through cracked foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal ailments and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen closely because it could be critical for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call McElroy Service Experts for a free in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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