3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we typically think of the air outdoors, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to our general health. Not only are we spending more time inside, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps pollutants inside the home. Before you can combat the things negatively impacting your indoor air, you must first recognize what these things are. 1. Humidity Levels Your home’s humidity is a unique situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can encourage the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is too dry it might mean respiratory concerns and boosts the likelihood of getting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity have the ability to damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the aid of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to monitor the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that perfect 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 causes of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you’ll likely deal with pet dander which could also be worsening your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free utilizing a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding on a regular basis. If your symptoms persist, it could be time to think about a whole-home air filtration system. One of our pros can walk you through the options and choose the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of last night’s dinner shouldn’t still be in the air of the house the following night. While air fresheners could mask the problem, the chemicals they give off could create other problems. 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 threat to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system could be just what your home needs. The air you breathe should be factoring in to your health and comfort and we want to help ensure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us lend you our years of experience. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 308-995-8177. Or simply set up an appointment with us online.