Why Your Home’s Air Quality is Important Published on May 23, 2016 You may constantly be bombarded with new issues that should concern you and the rest of society. Don’t buy anything containing BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only save your leftovers in glass jars, not plastic. Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Ogden. You can’t use harsh chemicals to clean your home. You should install an air purification system. You should 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 all things, indoor air quality is definitely an issue you should think about, 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 contaminants, 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 workings of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of contaminants hanging around is more exhausting 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 HVAC system to work overtime to keep your family comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty more quickly, resulting in inefficient airflow. It affects your workplace Many studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace production. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollutants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing 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 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 up 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 healthy or struggling, call Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.