3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 2016

The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outside your home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending more time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality.

1. Humidity Levels

Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Too much humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be impaired by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

2. Allergens

The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. Additionally, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Dearing's Service & Solutions 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 conceal 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 other 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 support your health, not damage it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 812-200-5844.