The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside of the home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending additional time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively affecting 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. Higher amounts of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impaired by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
The most common indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. 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 eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Integrity AC & Heating LLC can walk through all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs.
3. Household Chemicals and Odors
While it seems logical to mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—due to the chemicals used. This is also true for many household cleaners. Plus, these dangers create greater threat to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to research a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.
The air in your house should help your health, not hurt it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 602-971-0567.