3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside your home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending additional time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Too much humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be impaired 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. Seeing that dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Garoken Energy Co. Inc. can explain all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems logical to conceal bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—from the chemicals they contain. This can also hold true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers can be even more threatening 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 home should contribute to your health, not damage it. We want to provide our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 503-848-3838. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.