3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we normally think of the outside air, 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 indoors, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps impurities inside the home. Before you can take on the things negatively impacting your indoor air, you must first recognize 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 may mean respiratory problems and raises the likelihood of getting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity may damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the assistance of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to control the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that just-right humidity level. 2. Allergens The bedroom is where many allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the largest producers of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, there’s also the matter of pet dander which could also be worsening your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding on a regular basis. If your symptoms persist, it might be time to think about a whole-home air filtration system. One of our pros can walk you through the possibilities and choose the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of yesterday’s dinner shouldn’t still be hanging around the house the following night. While air fresheners may mask the problem, the chemicals they generate may create other problems. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell may cause headaches and eye, throat and lung irritation. They also pose a threat 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 contributing to your health and comfort and we want to help be sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us lend you our years of experience. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 703-754-1062. Or simply make an appointment with us online.