You may constantly be bombarded with new subjects that should bother you and your loved ones. Don’t buy anything containing BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.
Now your neighbors are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Oklahoma City. Don’t use harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You should install an air purification system. You should use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.
The chatter never ends.
So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We get it - why stress about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of anything, indoor air quality is certainly something you should focus on, 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 revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve 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 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 indoors 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 clean our air and help fight the germs that cause sickless.
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 high levels of impurities lurking around is more taxing on your home’s heating and AC system. Impurities clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your HVAC system to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dirty 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 efficiency. Not only can it intensify the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin rashes, respiratory illness, and other chronic conditions. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos seeping in through cracked foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other terminal conditions and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.
So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen closely because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.