Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new subjects that should bother you and your loved ones. Don’t buy anything that has BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only save your leftovers in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now everyone is prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Kitchener. You shouldn’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize your home. You should install an air purification system. You should use essential oils and not air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We feel you - why panic about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely an issue you should consider, 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 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 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 approximately 90% of our life inside and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with high levels of impurities lurking around is more taxing on your home’s heating and cooling system. Pollutants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and AC system to work a lot more to keep you comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dirty more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace production. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, extended exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos coming in through fractured foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other terminal conditions and a high 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 aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts for a free in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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