Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new subjects that should bother you and the rest of society. Don’t bring home merchandise that has BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only save your leftovers in glass jars, not plastic.

Now people are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Albany. Don’t use strong chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You need to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

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 definitely a point 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 relieve asthma and allergy symptoms with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even given you a full review of the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality at its best. So now, we’re just going to say it: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend an estimated 90% of our life inside and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help eliminate the germs that cause diseases.

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 impurities hanging around is more taxing on your home’s heating and AC system. Impurities clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and AC system to work harder to keep your family comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, prolonged 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 conditions. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos coming in through damaged foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other deadly diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can result in 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 aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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