3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we usually 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 indoors, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps impurities inside the home. Before you can combat the things negatively impacting your indoor air, you must first recognize 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 encourage the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is overly dry it may mean respiratory issues and increases the likelihood of ending up with 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 aid of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to monitor the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that ideal humidity level. 2. Allergens The bedroom is where many allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the most prevalent producers of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you also have to worry about pet dander which could also be worsening your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free utilizing a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding regularly. If your symptoms persist, it could be time to think about a whole-home air filtration system. One of our professionals can walk you through the options and find the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of a late dinner shouldn’t still be hanging around the house the following night. While air fresheners might mask the problem, the chemicals they produce 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 might be just what your home needs. The air you breathe should be contributing 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 provide you with our expertise. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 724-452-6280. Or simply make an appointment with us online.