Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new subjects that should bother you and your loved ones. Don’t bring home anything that has BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now everyone is talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Edmonton. You shouldn’t use strong chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You need to use essential oils instead of 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 understand - why stress about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is definitely a point you should consider, 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 alleviate the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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 be frank: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend upwards of 90% of our life inside and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help destroy the germs that cause illness.

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 increased levels of impurities floating around is much harder on your home’s heating and AC system. Pollutants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep you comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dirty more rapidly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have revealed 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 pollution put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, continued 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 problems, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos coming in through cracked foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal diseases and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen closely 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 great or poor, call McKinley Heating Service Experts for a free in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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