3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 Air Quality The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside your home. However, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending more time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Too much humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most typical indoor allergen is dust mites. Additionally, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Central Air Inc can show you all your options and help you determine the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While you might think it’s logical to cover up bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—as a result of the chemicals they contain. This is also true for lots of household cleaners. Plus, these dangers create greater threat to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your living space should support your health, not damage it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 503-656-1908.