3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 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 more time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively affecting 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 difficult. Lots of humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s furniture and woodwork can be damaged 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. In fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent 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 are in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. 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 Assured Appliance and Heating & Air can walk through all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs.

3. Household Chemicals and Odors

While you might think it’s logical to cover up bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—due to the chemicals used. 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 research a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.

The air in your house should contribute to your health, not hurt it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 847-306-8990.