You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t bring home products that has BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your leftovers in glass storage sets, not plastic.
Now your neighbors are talking to 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.
The chatter never ends.
So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We understand - why agonize about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of all things, indoor air quality is absolutely an issue you should focus on, 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 shared 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 at its best. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend around 90% of our life inside and with indoor air contaminants, 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
Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with high levels of impurities lurking around is tougher on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Pollutants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep your family comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty faster, giving you inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Several studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution 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 (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin irritations, respiratory issues, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos coming in through split foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other fatal 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 closely because it could be critical for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.