3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we typically think of the air outdoors, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to public 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 take on the things negatively influencing 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 aid in the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is extremely dry it can leave you with respiratory problems and boosts the likelihood of ending up with 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 assistance 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 most allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the most prevalent causes 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 frequently. If your symptoms go on, it could be time to think about a whole-home air filtration system. One of our pros can walk you through the options and choose 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 give off may create other problems. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell can 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 playing a role in 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 478-784-1109. Or simply schedule an appointment with us online.