3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we typically think of the air outside, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to our general health. Not only are we spending more time in our homes, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps impurities inside the home. Before you can challenge the things negatively impacting your indoor air, you must first identify what these things are. 1. Humidity Levels Your home’s humidity is a unique situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can increase the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is overly dry it may leave you with respiratory concerns and boosts the likelihood of getting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity may damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the help of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to regulate the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that perfect humidity level. 2. Allergens The bedroom is where most allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the largest causes of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you also have to worry about pet dander which could also be irritating your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free utilizing a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding regularly. If your symptoms persist, it might be time to look into a whole-home air filtration system. One of our experts can walk you through the options and find the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of a late dinner shouldn’t still be lingering in the house the following night. While air fresheners might mask the problem, the chemicals they give off may create other problems. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell may cause headaches and eye, throat and lung irritation. They also pose a risk to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system might be just what your home needs. The air you breathe should be contributing to your health and comfort and we want to help be sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us offer our knowledge. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 205-758-2703. Or simply make an appointment with us online.