3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” often 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 homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You should 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. Higher amounts of humidity can harbor 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 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 frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Anderson Heating & A/C can show you all your options and help you determine the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems logical to cover up bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—from the chemicals they contain. This holds true for many household cleaners. Plus, these dangers pose greater risk to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to look into 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 get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 775-230-7628.