3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we normally think of the outside air, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to the population’s 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 challenge the things negatively affecting your indoor air, you must first recognize what these things are. 1. Humidity LevelsYour 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 leave you with respiratory issues and boosts the likelihood of getting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity can damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the assistance of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to regulate the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that just-right humidity level. 2. Allergens The bedroom is where most allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the largest sources of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you also have to worry about pet dander which could also be aggravating 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 go on, it could be time to think about a whole-home air filtration system. One of our professionals can walk you through the possibilities 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 might mask the problem, the chemicals they produce may create other concerns. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell can 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 may be just what your home needs. The air you breathe should be factoring in to 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 offer our years of experience. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 503-848-3838. Or simply make an appointment with us online.