Five Benefits of Improved Air Quality at Home
The term “residential indoor air quality” refers to the cleanliness and purity of the air you breathe. Believe it or not, if you don’t have an air purification system, your air is probably filthy! Without a fitting air quality system to remove debris, allergens, and pollutants, your home will become a downright dreary, stuffy, sickly place to live.
But if your air quality system hasn’t been working in a while, you might not know what the difference between clean and dirty air feels like! Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., is here with the scoop. Read on to learn all about the comforts and benefits upping the air quality in your home can bring.
Fewer Sick Days
In today’s fast-paced working world, becoming bedbound with a cold can majorly sideline both your productivity and your overall wellbeing. That’s obvious but what might not be so obvious is the role that poor air quality plays in your getting sick!
Stale air, for example, can harbor a variety of irritants and allergens from dust to pet dander to mold. While not all people are sensitive to these irritants, for those who are an accumulation can cause respiratory problems and even fatigue. Air purification and the consequential increase in air quality helps keep you and your family healthy and strong—and your boss pleased with your performance!
Your home should be a comfortable space, a retreat from the stresses of the outside world. But when the air inside feels so stuffy it’s suffocating, your safe haven quickly becomes somewhere you’d rather avoid.
Keeping the air quality in your home high, however, helps to maintain the comfort levels of you and those who you share it with. Thanks to the elimination of allergens and pollutants, your whole family will be breathing easily.
Air quality not only refers to the pollutants, or lack thereof, in your home’s air; it also refers to your home’s humidity levels. When these levels are too high or too low, your wooden furniture and floors can take a hit, as wood is an organic material that expands and shrinks with the moisture content in the air.
Keep humidity levels regulated and your air quality high and you foster a good, long life for your wooden furniture and floors.
A More Efficient HVAC System
Improving your residential indoor air quality has a trickle-down effect that benefits more than your comfort and your furniture. Your HVAC system will also be happier! Better residential indoor air quality means fewer pollutants in your air overall, and fewer overall pollutants means your air purification systems and filters don’t have as much grime to handle. They’ll be more efficient at handling what your air does throw at them and are less likely to get overwhelmed.
When your HVAC system is happier, you save money. You’ll have fewer repairs, and you’ll maximize your system’s lifespan. You’ll go longer between duct cleanings, as debris from the air is less likely to build up within the system’s piping, and you may also be able to replace your filter less frequently. With your HVAC handling less, it will take longer for it to fill up.
Improving your residential indoor air quality is something that can pay for itself—so why wouldn’t you do it?
Fewer Mold Problems
Your home’s humidity is part of what makes up its residential indoor air quality, and as we cover on our blog, where there is humidity, mold flourishes. If its appearance wasn’t enough of a concern, though, consider its tangible destructive, health-damaging effects. For instance, certain species can decay wood or drywall, something that requires invasive repair or even replacement of the damaged item altogether in order to stop its spread.
Mold also has quite a few negative health effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of people experiencing mold allergies include a stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing or wheezing, burning eyes, or a skin rash. People with asthma or who are immune-compromised may have more severe reactions or get lung infections from mold exposure.
And worse, mold doesn’t take forever to begin to grow. The National Institutes of Health reports that mold growth begins within the first 24 to 48 hours of water infiltration. In other words: if you suspect mold growth, it’s time to phone an HVAC contractor to assess your residential indoor air quality STAT.
Contact Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Today for the Cozy Home You Deserve
Ready to embrace peace and high air quality? Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is here to help. Give our Anoka office a call today at 763-753-6623.