Why Your Home’s Air Quality is Important Published on May 23, 2016 You may constantly be bombarded with new matters that should worry you and your loved ones. Don’t bring home anything containing BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only save your food in glass storage sets, not plastic. Now your neighbors are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Salt Lake City. You shouldn’t use harsh chemicals to clean your home. You should install an air purification system. You should 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 feel you - why panic about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else? But, of everything, indoor air quality is absolutely a point 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 revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease asthma and allergy symptoms 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 top notch. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend nearly 90% of our life inside and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s crucial to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help destroy the germs that cause diseases. 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 hanging around is more exhausting on your home’s heating and AC system. Pollutants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep your family comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty more quickly, leaving you with inefficient airflow. It affects your workplace Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it exacerbate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, continued exposure to poor indoor air quality (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin rashes, respiratory illness, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through damaged foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other deadly conditions and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death. So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen closely because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.