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 an increased amount of time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively impacting 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 difficult. Lots of humidity can harbor 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 damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
The most common indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in 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 getting rid of 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 cover up bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—from the chemicals they contain. This is also true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers pose greater risk 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 support your health, not hurt 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 ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 715-384-3163.