Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new issues that should concern you and your loved ones. Don’t buy products that isn’t BPA-free. Don’t use the microwave. Only store your food in glass containers, not plastic.

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

The worries never stop.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We understand - why panic about one issue if you still 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 outlined how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease 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 at its best. So now, we’re just going to say it: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend around 90% of our life inside and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause diseases.

It affects your home

Not only can poor air quality affect your lungs it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of contaminants hanging around is tougher on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep your home comfortable. Your duct system can also become filthy faster, 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 productivity. Not only can it intensify the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), dripping eyes, and scratcy 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 inflammation, respiratory issues, and other chronic conditions. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through fractured foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal ailments and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen up because it could be critical for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Becht/Givens Service Experts 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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