Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new issues that should concern you and your family. Don’t buy products that has BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.

Now people are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Atlanta. You can’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize your home. You should install an air purification system. You need to use essential oils and not air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We get it - why worry about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is certainly 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 shown you 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 top notch. So now, we’ll be frank: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend approximately 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help fight the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the function of your home. Indoor air with high levels of contaminants hanging around is much harder on your home’s heating and cooling system. Impurities clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep your family comfortable. Your ducts can also become dusty 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 production. 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 short-lived, long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory illness, and other chronic ailments. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos seeping in through damaged foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other deadly conditions and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen closely 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 Peachtree Service Experts for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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