3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outdoors. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending additional time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Higher amounts of humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s 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 typical indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Air Quality Solutions can walk through all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems logical to conceal bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—from the chemicals they contain. This can also hold true for many household cleaners. Plus, these dangers create greater threat 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 harm it. We want to provide our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 614-871-4144.