Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be bombarded with new issues that should concern you and the rest of society. Don’t purchase anything that has BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only save your leftovers in glass jars, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in the Wasatch Front region. You can’t use harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You should install an air purification system. You need to use essential oils and not air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We get it - why panic about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely an issue you should focus on, and here’s why.

It affects your health

We’ve told you how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help relieve 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 supreme. So now, we’re just going to say it: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend approximately 90% of our life in home and buildings and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause illness.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of contaminants hanging around is tougher on your home’s heating and AC system. Impurities clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and cooling system to work overtime to keep your family comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty faster, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can actually have a huge effect on workplace production. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, extended exposure to poor indoor air quality (and you’re probably spending at least 40 hours a week in the office) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory problems, and other chronic conditions. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through cracked foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other terminal ailments and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen closely 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 Barlow Service Experts for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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