Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new issues that should concern you and your loved ones. Don’t purchase anything containing BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only keep your food in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Tulsa. You can’t use harsh chemicals to wipe down your counters. You have to buy an air purification system. You need to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We get it - why stress about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of everything, indoor air quality is definitely a point 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 shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease symptoms of asthma and allergies 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’re just going to say it: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend nearly 90% of our life in home and buildings and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of impurities floating around is more taxing on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Contaminants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work a lot more to keep you comfortable. Your duct system can also become filthy more quickly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it intensify the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, extended exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory problems, and other chronic ailments. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos seeping in through cracked foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other terminal diseases and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be crucial for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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