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Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new matters that should worry you and your loved ones. Don’t buy anything that isn’t BPA-free. Steer clear of the microwave. Only keep your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now everyone is prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Oakville. Don’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You have to 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 all things, indoor air quality is definitely an issue you should pay attention to, and here’s why.

It affects your health

We’ve explained 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 given you a full review of 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 inside and with indoor air impurities, 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 eliminate the germs that cause sickless.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the performance 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 you comfortable. Your ducts can also become dusty faster, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and scratcy 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 rashes, respiratory issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos coming in through split foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other fatal diseases and a high 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 are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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