Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new subjects that should bother you and the rest of society. Don’t purchase anything that has BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only keep your food in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Clearwater. Don’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You have to 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 feel you - why panic about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely an issue 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 revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease asthma and allergy symptoms 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 top notch. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend an estimated 90% of our life in home and buildings and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help fight the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Not only can poor air quality affect your lungs it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of impurities floating around is more exhausting on your home’s heating and AC system. Impurities clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work overtime to keep your family comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dusty more rapidly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution released 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 temporary, long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin irritations, respiratory illness, and other chronic conditions. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through fractured foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Midway Services for a complimentary 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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