Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new issues that should concern you and your loved ones. Don’t buy merchandise that has BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your leftovers in glass jars, not plastic.

Now everyone is prattling on about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Hilton Head Island. You can’t use strong chemicals to clean your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You have to use essential oils and not air fresheners.

And on and on it goes.

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

But, of everything, indoor air quality is certainly an issue 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 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 introduced you to the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality at its best. So now, we’ll be frank: poor indoor air quality is going to result in poor health . We spend upwards of 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 crucial to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help destroy the germs that cause sickless.

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 elevated levels of pollutants hanging around is tougher on your home’s heating and cooling system. Contaminants clog the components of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and cooling system to work overtime to keep your family comfortable. Your ductwork can also become dirty faster, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants emitted by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), dripping eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, continued exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory problems, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos coming in through cracked foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other fatal diseases and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen closely because it could be critical for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is good or bad, call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.

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