You may constantly be told about new issues that should concern you and your family. Don’t buy 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 harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You should install an air purification system. You have to use essential oils instead of air fresheners.
And on and on it goes.
So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We understand - why worry about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of anything, 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: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend around 90% of our life inside and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help eliminate the germs that cause diseases.
It affects your home
Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of impurities floating around is more taxing on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and cooling system to work harder to keep you comfortable. Your ducts can also become dirty more quickly, resulting in 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), tearing eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin irritations, respiratory issues, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through fractured foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other deadly ailments 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 complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.