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Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new matters that should worry you and your family. Don’t buy products that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now people are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Oakville. You shouldn’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You have to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We get it - why stress about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is definitely something you should pay attention to, 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 shown you how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate 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 supreme. So now, we’re just going to say it: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend an estimated 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can clean our air and help eliminate the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of impurities floating 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 quickly, causing your HVAC system to work a lot more to keep your home comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty faster, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it exacerbate 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), tearing eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, 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 irritations, respiratory problems, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos seeping in through split foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other deadly diseases and an excessive 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 critical for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Abbey Air Service Experts for a free in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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