Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new issues that should concern you and your family. Don’t buy merchandise that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only save your food in glass containers, not plastic.

Now everyone is talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Tempe. You shouldn’t use strong chemicals to wipe down your counters. You should install 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 understand - why panic about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is certainly a point you should focus on, 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 alleviate the symptoms of allergies and asthma with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even provided information about the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality at its best. So now, we’ll be frank: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend around 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 purify our air and help eliminate the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of pollutants hanging around is more taxing on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Impurities clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and AC system to work harder to keep you comfortable. Your ductwork can also become filthy more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be temporary, 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 irritations, respiratory issues, and other chronic ailments. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos seeping in through split foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other deadly diseases and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can cause 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 don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Bob Brown Service Experts for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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