People often find their physical and financial health to be at odds. We all want to live long and healthy lives, but the cost of nutritious food, gym memberships and medical care give us pause. That’s why many homeowners in Lewisville, Texas, are still suffering from poor indoor air quality (IAQ). They understand the importance of clean, breathable air, but they also know that improving their home’s indoor air quality costs money. Fortunately, investing in better IAQ isn’t only worthwhile for your health but can also save you money in the long run. Here’s how:
Keeps You Healthy
The most obvious perks of improving your IAQ are the health benefits. According to the EPA, short-term exposure to indoor air pollutants can cause the following symptoms:
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
These symptoms affect both your quality of life and budget. Because some mimic cold and flu symptoms, you may make unnecessary trips to the doctor or pharmacy. Poor IAQ can also trigger asthma and allergy symptoms that you must manage through medication. Over time, these costs add up.
Long-term exposure can cause even greater problems, including heart disease, certain respiratory diseases and cancer. The cost of treating these conditions can quickly outpace what you would have spent on HVAC add-ons and other IAQ solutions.
If your home’s air is making you sick or affecting your sleep, you may have missed work a few times because of it. If you have an hourly job that doesn’t offer paid sick days, the financial effects are obvious. But even if you power through, your productivity probably suffers. Depending on your job, feeling less than your best could result in fewer sales, a smaller commission, a missed promotion or even being fired.
Those who work from home will be affected more acutely. A home office is convenient and cost-effective, but it means more time spent breathing your home’s polluted air. Entrepreneurs and small business owners — especially those running one-person operations — have even more to lose because their livelihood is tied more directly and inextricably to their ability to work efficiently. No one else may be around to pick up the slack.
Consider what your time is worth. Investing in better IAQ will save you whatever money those hours of sub-par work performance or unproductive sick days would have cost.
Improves HVAC Efficiency
Your health and productivity aren’t the only things that suffer from poor IAQ. Many of the issues that contribute to poor IAQ also affect your HVAC system. Your home’s air has to make its way through your HVAC ductwork and filter. Polluted air leaves behind more dust, debris and microscopic particles. As your HVAC filter and ducts get dirtier, the system has to work harder to push air through them.
This costs you money in two ways. First, the harder your HVAC system works, the higher your monthly energy bills. Second, the additional strain will lead to more frequent issues and a shorter system lifespan. That means you’ll spend more on maintenance and repairs, and you’ll have to replace your system sooner than you should.
Prevents Biological Growth
Finally, the right IAQ products can help prevent biological growth that could wreak havoc on your health and budget. Not only can this growth cause serious health issues as you breathe it in, but it can also be very expensive to remove. The cheaper option is to prevent biological growth by controlling the moisture in your home. You can do that by installing a whole-home dehumidifier, a UV lamp or other IAQ products.
Controlling your home’s humidity can also save you money by preserving furniture, flooring and items stored in your home.
For more information about improving your home’s indoor air quality, call Metro Environmental Services at 972-268-6922. Our friendly, experienced service technicians can assess your home’s IAQ, review the products we offer, and select the perfect solutions for your home.
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