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 purchase merchandise that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only save your leftovers in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now people are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Rochester. You can’t use strong chemicals to clean your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You have to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We understand - why panic about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of everything, indoor air quality is definitely a point 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 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 supreme. So now, we’ll be frank: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend nearly 90% of our life indoors 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 clean our air and help remove the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with high levels of contaminants lurking around is tougher on your home’s heating and cooling system. Impurities clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your heating and AC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dusty more quickly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), dripping eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, long-term 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 problems, and other chronic conditions. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos seeping in through split foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other terminal ailments and a high 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 important for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a no-charge 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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