The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside of the home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality.
1. Humidity Levels
Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s 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.
The most frequent 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 retreat for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often 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 Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. can walk through all your options and help you find 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—from the chemicals used. 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 consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.
The air in your home should contribute to your health, not hurt it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 918-682-8238.