You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t purchase products containing BPA. Stay away from the microwave. Only store your food in glass storage sets, not plastic.
Now your neighbors are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Houston. You shouldn’t use harsh chemicals to wipe down your counters. You should install an air purification system. You need to 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 feel you - why stress about one issue if you will have to constantly worry about everything else?
But, of everything, indoor air quality is absolutely 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 shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help ease 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 top notch. So now, we’ll put it bluntly: substandard indoor air quality will negatively affect your health . We spend around 90% of our life inside and with indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, floating around our homes, it’s critical to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help remove the germs that cause diseases.
It affects your home
Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the function of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of contaminants lurking around is more exhausting on your home’s heating and AC system. Impurities clog the elements of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your HVAC system to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. Your duct system can also become dusty faster, giving you inefficient airflow.
It affects your workplace
Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it intensify the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants released by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and scratcy 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 inflammation, respiratory issues, and other chronic conditions. On the more extreme side, radon or asbestos seeping in through cracked foundations or ceilings can result in cancer and other terminal diseases and a high concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.
So next time your friend starts telling you about indoor air quality, listen closely because it could be important for your health and for your home. If you are unsure if your home’s indoor air quality is great or poor, call Church Services for a free in-home analysis and we’ll confirm your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.