You may constantly be bombarded with new subjects that should bother you and your loved ones. Don’t purchase anything containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only save your food in glass containers, not plastic.
Now everyone is prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Kitchener. Don’t use anything with chemicals to clean your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You need to use essential oils and not air fresheners.
And on and on it goes.
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 still have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely something 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: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend approximately 90% of our life inside and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause illness.
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 floating around is more taxing on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Pollutants clog the components 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 your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dirty more quickly, resulting in inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Many studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace production. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, extended exposure to poor indoor air quality (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos coming in through fractured foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other terminal conditions and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.
So when someone starts talking about 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 Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.