Why Your Home’s Air Quality is Important Published on 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. Don’t use the microwave. Only save your cooking in glass storage sets, not plastic. Now people are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Salt Lake City. You shouldn’t use anything with chemicals to wipe down your counters. You should install an air purification system. You need to use essential oils as an alternative to air fresheners. The chatter never ends. So you stop listening to all the noise and just do the best you can. We get it - why worry about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else? But, of anything, indoor air quality is absolutely an issue you should consider, and here’s why. It affects your health We’ve told you how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve revealed how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate symptoms of asthma and allergies 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’ll put it bluntly: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend around 90% of our life indoors and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can filter our air and help remove the germs that cause illness. It affects your home Bad air quality can affect your lungs, but it can also affect the workings of your home. Indoor air with high levels of contaminants hanging around is much harder on your home’s heating and AC system. Contaminants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more rapidly, causing your heating and cooling system to work a lot more to keep you comfortable. Your ducts can also become dirty more quickly, giving you inefficient airflow. It affects your workplace Several studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a very real effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it worsen the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the pollution put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and AC equipment, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and irritated throats. While these symptoms may be short-lived, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin rashes, respiratory issues, and other chronic sicknesses. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos seeping in through damaged foundations or ceilings can actually cause 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 intently because it could be crucial for your health and for your home. If you aren’t sure if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home analysis and we’ll determine your indoor air quality levels and share whole-home air cleaning plans with you.