You may constantly be told about new matters that should worry you and the rest of society. Don’t bring home merchandise containing BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.
Now your neighbors are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Concord. Don’t use strong chemicals to clean your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You should use essential oils instead of air fresheners.
And on and on it goes.
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 something 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve asthma and allergy symptoms 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’ll put it bluntly: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend around 90% of our life inside 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 purify our air and help eliminate the germs that cause illness.
It affects your home
Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of contaminants hanging around is more taxing on your home’s heating and cooling system. Pollutants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and cooling system to work a lot more to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dirty more rapidly, resulting in inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Many studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace production. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants 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 issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through cracked foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal ailments 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 complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.