Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new issues that should concern you and your loved ones. Don’t purchase merchandise that has BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only save your cooking in glass jars, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Edmonton. Don’t use strong chemicals to clean your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You have to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We get it - why worry about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is definitely a point 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 shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate asthma and allergy symptoms 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’ll be frank: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend an estimated 90% of our life inside and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s crucial to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help eliminate the germs that cause diseases.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of impurities floating around is more taxing on your home’s heating and AC system. Pollutants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep you comfortable. Your ducts can also become filthy more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it intensify the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, continued exposure to poor indoor air quality (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin rashes, respiratory problems, and other chronic conditions. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through fractured foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal diseases and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen intently because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts 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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