Why Your Home’s Air Quality is Important Published on May 23, 2016 You may constantly be bombarded with new matters that should worry you and your loved ones. Don’t buy anything containing BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only save your leftovers in glass containers, not plastic. Now people are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Toronto. You can’t use anything with chemicals to clean 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 stress about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else? But, of all things, indoor air quality is absolutely something you should focus on, 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 shared 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 top notch. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend approximately 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 crucial to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help fight the germs that cause illness. It affects your home Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the operation of your home. Indoor air with increased levels of contaminants floating around is more taxing on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Contaminants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work a lot more to keep you comfortable. Your ducts can also become dusty faster, giving you inefficient airflow. It affects your workplace Many studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin irritations, 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 the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be crucial 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 Heating & Air Conditioning for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.