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 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 impacting your indoor air, you must first identify what these things are. 1. Humidity Levels Your home’s humidity is a tough 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 cause respiratory issues 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 perfect humidity level. 2. Allergens The bedroom is where a lot of 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 on a regular basis. If your symptoms continue, it may be time to think about a whole-home air filtration system. One of our professionals 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 might 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 be 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. Or simply schedule an appointment with us online.