3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we usually think of the air outdoors, 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 contaminants inside the home. Before you can challenge the things negatively affecting your indoor air, you must first recognize 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 can 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 can damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the aid 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 a lot of allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the biggest causes of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you also have to worry about 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 continue, it could be time to consider a whole-home air filtration system. One of our professionals can walk you through the choices and identify 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 might mask the problem, the chemicals they give off might 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 might 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 make sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us offer our knowledge. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 708-301-0170. Or simply schedule an appointment with us online.