3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we typically think of the air outside, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to public health. Not only are we spending more time in our homes, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps impurities inside the home. Before you can take on the things negatively affecting your indoor air, you must first realize what these things are. 1. Humidity Levels Your home’s humidity is a tough situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can increase the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is too dry it may cause respiratory concerns and boosts the likelihood of contracting 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 assistance of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to control 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 sources of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you also have to worry about pet dander which could also be irritating your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free taking advantage of a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding regularly. If your symptoms continue, it might be time to look into a whole-home air filtration system. One of our experts can walk you through the options and identify the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of last night’s dinner shouldn’t still be lingering in the house the following night. While air fresheners might mask the problem, the chemicals they produce could create other issues. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell may cause headaches and eye, throat and lung irritation. They also pose a risk to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system might be just what your home needs. The air you breathe should be factoring in to your health and comfort and we want to help be sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us provide you with our expertise. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 775-882-8154. Or simply set up an appointment with us online.