3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outdoors. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our homes 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 to help make it better. Here are three common 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. Lower amounts of humidity can harm 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 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 common indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that 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 accumulating. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc can walk through all your options and help you determine the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While people may think it’s 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 contain. This is also true for many household cleaners. Plus, these dangers pose greater risk to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your living space should help your health, not damage it. We want to provide our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 224-699-9229.