3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 2016

The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outdoors. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending additional time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality.

1. Humidity Levels

Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Lots of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, 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 common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because 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 hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can lower 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning 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 mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—from the chemicals used. 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 research a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.

The air in your living space should support your health, not hurt it. We want to provide our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 309-323-9584.