You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t bring home products containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only keep your food in glass storage sets, not plastic.
Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Miami. You can’t use harsh chemicals to wipe down your counters. You need to invest in an air purification system. You should use essential oils and not air fresheners.
And on and on it goes.
So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We get it - why agonize about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of anything, indoor air quality is absolutely an issue you should think about, 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve 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 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 indoors 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 filter our air and help destroy the germs that cause diseases.
It affects your home
Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with high levels of impurities lurking around is more exhausting on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Pollutants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep your family comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty more quickly, resulting in inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Several studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, prolonged 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 severe side, radon or asbestos coming in through split foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal conditions and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.
So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen up because it could be critical for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.