Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your loved ones. Don’t purchase products that has 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. You shouldn’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 understand - why panic about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is definitely 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 alleviate 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 at its best. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: 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, 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 illness.

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 floating 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 heating and cooling system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your ductwork can also become filthy 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 productivity. Not only can it intensify the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants 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, 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 illness, and other chronic conditions. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos seeping in through cracked foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other terminal conditions and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen up because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Gordon's Service Experts for a free in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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