Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly be told about new matters that should worry you and your family. Don’t purchase merchandise that has BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only store your food in glass jars, not plastic.

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

The chatter never ends.

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’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of everything, indoor air quality is definitely something 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 alleviate 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 nearly 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 clean our air and help remove the germs that cause illness.

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. Pollutants 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 ductwork can also become filthy faster, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Many studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it exacerbate 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 (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin inflammation, respiratory issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos seeping in through cracked foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other deadly ailments and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen closely because it could be crucial for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Epperson Service Experts 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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