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 indoors, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps pollutants inside the home. Before you can take on the things negatively impacting your indoor air, you must first identify 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 extremely dry it might cause 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 just-right 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 biggest 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 frequently. If your symptoms go on, it may be time to look into a whole-home air filtration system. One of our experts can walk you through the choices and choose the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of yesterday’s dinner shouldn’t still be lingering in the house the following night. While air fresheners may mask the problem, the chemicals they generate 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 threat to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system may 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 provide you with our years of experience. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 803-318-6995. Or simply schedule an appointment with us online.