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 our general 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 realize 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 overly dry it can leave you with respiratory concerns and raises 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 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, there’s also the matter of pet dander which could also be worsening your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free taking advantage of 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 pros can walk you through the possibilities and choose the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of last night’s dinner shouldn’t still be lingering in the house the following night. While air fresheners may mask the problem, the chemicals they generate may create other issues. 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 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 ensure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us provide you with our knowledge. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 337-335-0992. Or simply set up an appointment with us online.