Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new matters that should worry you and your loved ones. Don’t purchase products that has BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only save your leftovers in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now everyone is talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Toronto. You can’t use anything with chemicals to sanitize your home. You should install an air purification system. You have to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

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 anything, indoor air quality is absolutely an issue you should think about, 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 relieve 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 at its best. So now, we’re just going to say it: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend approximately 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 essential to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help fight the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with high levels of pollutants lurking around is more taxing on your home’s heating and cooling system. Contaminants clog the components 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 duct system can also become dusty more quickly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, long-term 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 ailments. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos seeping in through cracked foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other terminal ailments and an excessive concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be critical for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Service Experts Commercial HVAC for a free 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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