3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside your home. However, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending more time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be hard. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impacted by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most common indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Local HVAC Repair & Service can explain all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems logical to cover up bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—as a result of the chemicals they consist of. This is also true for lots of household cleaners. Plus, these dangers can be even more threatening to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your home should support your health, not damage it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 224-300-4806.