You may constantly be told about new subjects that should bother you and the rest of society. Don’t bring home merchandise containing 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 should use essential oils instead of 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’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of anything, indoor air quality is certainly a point you should focus on, 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 relieve the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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 top notch. 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 indoors and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s crucial 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 overtime to keep your family comfortable. Your ducts can also become dusty faster, 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), watery 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 problems, and other chronic conditions. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos coming in through fractured foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal ailments 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 are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts for a free in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.