3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 2016

The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outdoors. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending additional time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality.

1. Humidity Levels

Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Lots of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impacted by both low and high humidity levels. Lucky for you, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

2. Allergens

The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. Additionally, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often 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 Bell Air Conditioning Inc. can show you all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs.

3. Household Chemicals and Odors

While it seems logical to mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—due to the chemicals they consist of. This holds 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 living space should help 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 inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 254-307-9572.