Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

    May 23, 2016

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

    Now people are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Austin. You can’t use strong chemicals to sanitize your home. You should install an air purification system. You should use essential oils and not air fresheners.

    And on and on it goes.

    So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We feel you - why worry about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

    But, of anything, 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 shown you 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: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend around 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 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 operation of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of impurities floating around is more taxing on your home’s heating and cooling 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

    Multiple studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace efficiency. 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 rashes, respiratory illness, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos coming in through fractured foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal 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 determine your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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