You may constantly be told about new issues that should concern you and the rest of society. Don’t bring home merchandise that has BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.
Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Concord. Don’t use strong chemicals to sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You need to use essential oils as an alternative to 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 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 an issue you should think about, and here’s why.
It affects your health
We’ve told you how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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 supreme. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend around 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help eliminate the germs that cause illness.
It affects your home
Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of pollutants hanging around is more taxing on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Contaminants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep you comfortable. Your ductwork can also become filthy more rapidly, giving you inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace production. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), dripping eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, 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 sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through cracked foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other deadly diseases 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 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 Freschi Service Experts 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.