3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we typically think of the outside air, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to public health. Not only are we spending more time inside, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps pollutants inside the home. Before you can combat the things negatively influencing 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 encourage the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is extremely dry it might leave you with respiratory problems and increases the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity can damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the assistance of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to regulate the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that just-right humidity level. 2. Allergens The bedroom is where many allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the biggest 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 using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding regularly. If your symptoms persist, it may be time to consider a whole-home air filtration system. One of our pros can walk you through the options and choose the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of yesterday’s dinner shouldn’t still be in the air of the house the following night. While air fresheners may mask the problem, the chemicals they give off could create other concerns. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell might 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 may be just what your home needs. The air you breathe should be playing a role in 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 years of experience. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 336-853-6070. Or simply set up an appointment with us online.