3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we usually think of the air outside, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to our general health. Not only are we spending more time indoors, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps impurities inside the home. Before you can combat the things negatively influencing your indoor air, you must first identify 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 aid in the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is overly dry it may leave you with respiratory concerns and raises 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 regulate the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that ideal humidity level. 2. Allergens The bedroom is where a lot of 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, there’s also the matter of pet dander which could also be aggravating your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding on a regular basis. If your symptoms continue, it might be time to consider a whole-home air filtration system. One of our pros can walk you through the possibilities and find 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 could mask the problem, the chemicals they give off could create other issues. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell might 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 playing a role in your health and comfort and we want to help make sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us provide you with our years of experience. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 308-432-5301. Or simply schedule an appointment with us online.