3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we normally think of the air outdoors, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to the population’s health. Not only are we spending more time inside, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps impurities inside the home. Before you can challenge the things negatively affecting 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 encourage the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is overly dry it may cause respiratory concerns and raises 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 regulate the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that ideal 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 most prevalent sources 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 using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding regularly. If your symptoms persist, it may be time to think about a whole-home air filtration system. One of our professionals 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 in the air of the house the following night. While air fresheners could mask the problem, the chemicals they produce 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 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 playing a role in 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 lend you our expertise. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 616-669-3961. Or simply set up an appointment with us online.