3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outdoors. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending more time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Lots of humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s 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. In fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Aireforce Heating & Air Inc can walk through all your options and help you determine the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While you might think it’s logical to cover up bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—due to the chemicals used. This can also hold true for lots of 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 consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your house should support your health, not hurt 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 get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 619-448-2470. If it’s easier for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.