3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

When we think of air pollution, we normally think of the air outside, 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 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 realize 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 extremely dry it can mean respiratory issues 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 causes of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you also have to worry about pet dander which could also be irritating your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free taking advantage of a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding regularly. If your symptoms persist, it might be time to look into a whole-home air filtration system. One of our pros can walk you through the options and find the system that would work best for you.

3. Household Chemicals and Odors

The smell of yesterday’s dinner shouldn’t still be lingering in the house the following night. While air fresheners could 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 hazard 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 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 lend you our knowledge. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 702-623-0579.

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