Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new matters that should worry you and your family. Don’t bring home products containing BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now everyone is talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Kitchener. Don’t use harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You need to use essential oils and not air fresheners.

The chatter never ends.

So you start to turn a deaf ear to all the noise and just try and live your life. We get it - why stress 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 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 ease symptoms of asthma and allergies 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’re just going to say it: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend around 90% of our life inside and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help remove the germs that cause diseases.

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 contaminants floating around is more taxing on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Impurities clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your HVAC system to work overtime to keep your family comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dirty more rapidly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace production. Not only can it aggravate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), dripping eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, 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 rashes, respiratory illness, and other chronic conditions. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through cracked foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other deadly ailments and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen intently 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 good or bad, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

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