3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 Air Quality The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside your home. However, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be hard. Lots of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can hurt 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 impaired by both low and high humidity levels. Lucky for you, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most frequent 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 like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from House of Heating Incorporated can show you all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While people may think it’s logical to conceal 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 contain. This holds 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 house should contribute to your health, not hurt it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 888-384-3163.