3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outside of the home. However, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending more time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Too much humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impaired by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, 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 prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because 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 accumulating. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from James Heating & A/C, Inc can explain all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While you might 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 consist of. This can also hold 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 consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your home should support your health, not hurt it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 336-853-6070. If it’s easier for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.