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 family. Don’t bring home anything containing BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now people are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Edmonton. Don’t use strong chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You should use essential oils as an alternative to 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 anything, indoor air quality is certainly 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 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 at its best. So now, we’ll be frank: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor 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 remove 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 lurking around is much harder on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become filthy more rapidly, giving you 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 intensify the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) 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 up because it could be crucial for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call McKinley Heating Service Experts for a complimentary 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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