3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 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 to help make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Lots of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be impacted by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because 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 reduce 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 Bell Air Conditioning Inc. can show you 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 mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—as a result of 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 use 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.