Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t buy products that isn’t BPA-free. Stay away from the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Nashville. You shouldn’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize your home. You should install an air purification system. You need to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

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

But, of all things, indoor air quality is absolutely a point you should think about, and here’s why.

It affects your health

We’ve explained how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate symptoms of asthma and allergies with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even introduced you to the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality supreme. So now, we’re just going to say it: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend upwards of 90% of our life inside and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s crucial 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 can poor air quality affect your lungs it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of contaminants floating around is much harder 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 rapidly, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep you comfortable. Your ducts can also become dirty more quickly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it increase 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), tearing eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, continued 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 ailments. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through damaged foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other terminal ailments 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 aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Donelson Air Service Experts for a free in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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