Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new matters that should worry you and your family. Don’t buy anything containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only save your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.

Now everyone is talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Birmingham. You shouldn’t use harsh chemicals to clean your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You should use essential oils as an alternative to 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 worry about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is certainly 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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 at its best. So now, we’ll be frank: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend an estimated 90% of our life inside and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help eliminate the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of contaminants floating around is more taxing on your home’s heating and AC system. Impurities clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and AC system to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become filthy more rapidly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace production. Not only can it exacerbate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin irritations, respiratory issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos seeping in through fractured foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other terminal ailments and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be important for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Norrell Service Experts for a no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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