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 loved ones. Don’t buy merchandise containing BPA. Steer clear of the microwave. Only save your food in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now your neighbors are talking to you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Knoxville. You shouldn’t use harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You should use essential oils as an alternative to 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 panic about one issue if you still have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of anything, indoor air quality is definitely 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 revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate asthma and allergy symptoms with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even given you a full review of 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 upwards of 90% of our life inside and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, lurking around our homes, it’s essential to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help fight the germs that cause diseases.

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 high levels of impurities floating around is much harder on your home’s heating and cooling system. Impurities clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your heating and AC system to work a lot more to keep your family 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 substantial effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), tearing eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-term, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (40 hours a week in the office definitely counts) can result in skin rashes, respiratory illness, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through cracked foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other deadly conditions and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can cause sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen up because it could be vital for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts for a no-charge in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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