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 containing BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only save your food in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now people are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Shreveport. You shouldn’t use strong chemicals to sanitize your home. You should install an air purification system. You have to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We get it - why worry about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is certainly an issue you should consider, 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 revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease 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: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend approximately 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 purify 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 workings of your home. Indoor air with elevated 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 faster, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep your home comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty faster, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants put off 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 short-term, long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin rashes, respiratory issues, and other chronic conditions. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through damaged foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other deadly 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 crucial for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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