Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new issues that should concern you and your family. Don’t purchase products that has BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only store your food in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now everyone is talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in La Porte. Don’t use anything with 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 drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We feel you - why stress about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of all things, indoor air quality is certainly a point you should consider, 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 relieve the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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 be frank: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend around 90% of our life in home and buildings 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 filter our air and help destroy 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 high levels of pollutants 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 faster, causing your heating and cooling system to work a lot more to keep you comfortable. Your ducts can also become filthy more rapidly, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Multiple studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace production. Not only can it intensify the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and itchy throats. While these symptoms may be temporary, extended exposure to poor indoor air quality (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin irritations, respiratory problems, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through split foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other fatal diseases and an excessive 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 crucial for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc for a no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.

Contact Us