Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new issues that should concern you and your loved ones. Don’t bring home merchandise that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only keep your leftovers in glass containers, not plastic.

Now people are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Austin. You can’t use harsh chemicals to clean your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You need to use essential oils and not air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We feel you - why worry about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is absolutely a point you should pay attention to, 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 shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease symptoms of asthma and allergies 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 supreme. So now, we’ll be frank: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend an estimated 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help eliminate the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of impurities lurking around is more taxing on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Impurities clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your heating and AC system to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dusty more rapidly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin irritations, respiratory illness, and other chronic conditions. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos seeping in through damaged foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other deadly diseases and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Strand Brothers Service Experts for a complimentary 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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