Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new matters that should worry you and your loved ones. Don’t buy merchandise containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your leftovers in glass jars, not plastic.

Now everyone is telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Gaithersburg. You shouldn’t use anything with 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 drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We understand - why stress about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is definitely 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 revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve symptoms of asthma and allergies with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even given you a full review of the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality top notch. So now, we’ll be frank: bad indoor air quality is bad for 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 critical to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help destroy the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the function of your home. Indoor air with high levels of contaminants lurking around is more taxing on your home’s heating and AC system. Impurities clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and AC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dusty more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have shown 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 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, extended exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin irritations, respiratory problems, and other chronic ailments. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through fractured foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other terminal diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen up because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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