You may constantly hear about new issues that should concern you and the rest of society. Don’t bring home products that isn’t BPA-free. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your cooking in glass containers, not plastic.
Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in San Antonio. You shouldn’t use harsh chemicals to sanitize your home. You need to invest in an air purification system. You should use essential oils instead of air fresheners.
And on and on it goes.
So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We get it - why panic about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of all things, indoor air quality is absolutely an issue you should pay attention to, 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 relieve the symptoms of allergies and asthma 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 at its best. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend nearly 90% of our life inside and with indoor air contaminants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s crucial to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help remove the germs that cause sickless.
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 increased levels of impurities hanging around is more taxing on your home’s heating and cooling system. Contaminants clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters faster, causing your heating and AC system to work overtime to keep your family comfortable. Your duct system can also become dirty more quickly, leaving you with inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Several studies have proven that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace efficiency. Not only can it aggravate 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), dripping eyes, and itchy 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 illness, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more drastic side, radon or asbestos sneaking in through cracked foundations or ceilings can lead to cancer and other deadly diseases and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can result in sudden death.
So the next time you hear the phrase indoor air quality, listen intently 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 good or bad, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and go over whole-home air cleaning options with you.