Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new issues that should concern you and your loved ones. Don’t purchase merchandise that isn’t BPA-free. Don’t use the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Champaign. Don’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You should use essential oils and not 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 understand - why stress about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of everything, indoor air quality is certainly something you should consider, 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 relieve 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: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend nearly 90% of our life inside and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help remove the germs that cause diseases.

It affects your home

Not only can poor air quality affect your lungs it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of pollutants hanging around is tougher on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Impurities clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your heating and AC system to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dirty faster, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace production. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be temporary, extended exposure to poor indoor air quality (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin rashes, respiratory issues, and other chronic conditions. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos seeping in through split foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal conditions 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 intently because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Chief / Bauer 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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