3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 2016

When 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 indoors, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps impurities inside the home. Before you can challenge the things negatively influencing your indoor air, you must first identify what these things are.

1. Humidity Levels

Your home’s humidity is a Goldilocks 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 mean respiratory problems and increases the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity have the ability to damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the help of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to control the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that just-right 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 producers of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you’ll likely deal with 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 continue, it might be time to think about a whole-home air filtration system. One of our experts 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 hanging around the house the following night. While air fresheners may mask the problem, the chemicals they generate may create other problems. 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 hazard to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system could be just what your home needs.

The air you breathe should be factoring in to your health and comfort and we want to help make sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us lend you our years of experience. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 256-574-1300.